Having your vehicle broken into can be a stressful and frightening situation. According to the Dallas Police Department, more than 20,000 cars and trucks are broken into and have property removed each year. That factors out to about 50 vehicles each day. But they also say that this situation can easily be avoided with just a few precautionary measures.
Here are a few ways you can prevent your car from being broken into.
Take or Hide Your Items
Thieves will often want to know or have some idea of what they are stealing. When it is time to leave your vehicle, make sure you take all valuable items with you. If you are unable to carry all your items, find a good place in your car to hide them until you return. Make use of the glove box, center console, under the seats, or the trunk for organization and hiding personal items such as your ID or insurance card. You will also want to consider keeping a large jacket or blanket in your car that you can use to cover large items in your back seat. If possible, avoid hiding your property in your car while it is parked in the area where you will be leaving it behind. This could help prevent “staked out” thieves from seeing what you are doing or hiding.
Another good idea to keep in mind when hiding items in your car is to get rid of any evidence that might show you have something of value inside. For example, if you use a suction cup mount for a GPS or phone, make sure to clean off the ring that is often left behind on the window when you remove the mount. People with bad intentions tend to look for this and will then try to find a way inside of your vehicle, even if the device for the mount is unseen.
Lock Up and Set Your Alarm
Recent police reports give evidence that 90% of vehicle break-ins are from unlocked cars. There will still be a possibility that someone can break your window and get inside if your items are not hidden. But if a thief approaches your car and realizes the doors are locked and they are unable to see your items, then there is very little incentive for them to break your window and try to get inside. Locked doors will typically deter a potential thief, and they will likely move on to an easier target.
If you are worried that a locked door will not be enough to prevent a break-in, you will want to consider getting an alarm system for your car if you do not already have one. There have been some great advancements when it comes to car alarm systems. Some will even send a notification straight to your smart phone to let you know that your alarm has been activated. Once you have done some research, chosen your alarm system, and set it up, make sure to put the sticker from the alarm company on your car in clear view. Potential thieves will take notice and know to stay clear.
Low Budget Security
There are a few different ways to keep your car safe and secure without breaking the bank. One option is purchasing some privacy shades to add to your windows when you are away from your car which can range from $10-$30 online. If you are wanting to spend very little or no money at all, just grab a couple spare towels or some fabric and make your own privacy shades.
Another low budget option goes back to the alarm system tip we previously talked about. If you cannot afford a new alarm system, all you do is find a sticker from a well know car alarm system and add to your car. This is will give off the same idea that you have a system set up for your car, keeping people away and your valuables safe.
Your friends at Laura’s Locksmith and Security Store encourage you to stay safe by using these tips and tricks to prevent the stress of broken windows, insurance claims, and replacing your valuable items.