Having your car broken into or stolen can be a great disruption to someone’s life resulting in the victim having to file police reports, replace broken windows, file insurance claims and possibly even having to purchase a new one. We will cover a few tips to help prevent getting your car broken into and your belongings stolen. These methods are not fail proof by any means, but a car is an expensive purchase and it’s better to be safe than sorry.
Here are a few tips to avoid having your belongings stolen from your car. It is extremely simple; keep all valuables hidden. This includes purses (especially if you carry coveted bags such as Dior, Louis Vuitton or Chanel), phones, wallets, sports equipment, even shopping bags! You may be carrying food or junk in your shopping bag but a thief won’t be aware of that. As far as the thief is concerned, you could be carrying something valuable; something worth stealing. When you are on the rush, it’s real easy to forget your cell phone or electronic gadget inside your vehicle while you go inside the store for five minutes. It doesn’t matter if you rush in for just a few minutes; that’s more than enough time for a seasoned criminal to break inside.
It is a prudent idea to always keep your doors locked. It is suggested that you park in bright and well-lit area, preferably public areas with people around. Keep the doors locked even when you are driving because it’s always possible for someone could jump in at a red light and attempt a carjacking. Don’t ever hide a set of spare keys in or under your car. Professional thieves will be able to find these rather quickly. If possible, park in a garage instead of along the street.
Some vehicles are more attractive for thieves to steal than others. Cadillac’s Escalade ranks at number one when it comes to the model that is most likely to be stolen and its easy to see why; the Escalade can be frequently seen in MTV videos and mentioned in popular top 40 songs. Thieves are generally drawn to exciting cars such as flashy SUV’s with nice rims or upscale autos such as Mercedes or Audi. Most thieves aren’t going to be too excited to steal a Corolla or a Kia. However, it’s not just luxury cars that are targeted. A lot of old Accord’s and Civics are also targeted because they are easy to break into (because they are older) and because their parts are worth quite a bit of money.
Some thieves steal cars by actually towing them away. You can avoid this by using the emergency brake when you park and turning your wheels to the side which will make it extremely difficult for your car to be towed away.
It’s probably not a good idea to keep your insurance and registration papers in the glove compartment unless it gets stolen. If you use a navigation system, it is suggested that you don’t enter in your real address as a starting point but instead use that of a business near your location.
Having your vehicle stolen can be a great nuisance and hopefully these tips will help to keep your car safe and protected. A car is an expensive investment and it’s better to be safe than sorry.