Smash-and-Grab on the Rise

Thieves are always looking for opportunities to steal from parked cars, even those in residential driveways. This type of theft is called “smash-and-grab”. It refers to perpetrators smashing car windows parked in places like gyms, beaches and lakes to grab wallets or purses that are often left behind during these activities. These places are targeted as they are common locations where people do not need or prefer not to carry items such as wallets and phones.

Thieves will grab anything inside of value. The stolen items (such as checks, ID’s, and credit or debit cards) are then used by the thief, resulting in a stolen identity and/or fraudulent activity on your bank account.  

Here’s how you can protect yourself: 

– Avoid leaving any personal items, including checkbooks, in your vehicle. If unavoidable, be sure items are not visible.  

Monitor your account activity frequently by taking advantage of the resources included with GSB’s online and mobile banking services, such as real-time alerts. 

– If you are the victim of a smash-and-grab, notify the police AND let your financial institution know immediately if your ID is stolen. 

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