Your car is usually one of the more expensive purchases you will make. Since you make such a large investment in your vehicle, you should want to keep it (and the items stored inside) safe from burglary.
What is the #1 easiest way to prevent having your car stolen? Don’t leave your keys in the car; even if just for a minute or two. Still wanting to know more ways to keep your car protected from theft? Below are the top car burglary and theft prevention tips you should follow.
1. When You Park Your Car, Park Smart
If you are out on the town, park in a well lit and secure area or parking lot. Remember, darkness is a friend of thieves. It may cost you a few extra bucks to park in a secure lot, but trust me – the peace of mind is worth it. Even better, parking garages typically have an attendant on patrol and/or security cameras.
2. Take Your Keys With You
If you have a garage – use it. Make sure to close the garage door and take your keys inside with you. In my 36 years as a law enforcement officer, I’ve never seen a police report of a vehicle burglary when the car was in a closed garage and the keys were inside the home.
3. Remove All Valuables From Your Car
If possible, don’t take a chance and leave anything of value inside your car. GPS units, sunglasses, purses, empty shopping bags, phones, laptops, and wallets can all be easily stolen if left out in plain sight inside your vehicle. If you must store valuables in your car, place them in the trunk (and lock it if possible), or under the seats.
4. Lock All Doors of the Vehicle
Your car has locks factory-installed for a reason. Simply remembering to lock your doors makes you much less of an “easy target.” Be sure to also roll up your windows all the way and close your sunroof – burglars have tools they specifically use to enter in these tight areas.
One last quick tip for ladies…
If you are planning to store your purse in the trunk of your car, please put your purse in the trunk before you leave home. If you wait until you reach your destination, a potential burglar may see you raising the trunk and placing the purse in the trunk of your car. A good pry bar will easily open the trunk of most vehicles or at least allow tampering with the lock system.