In recent years, car theft, alongside catalytic converter theft and vehicle break-ins, has been on the rise. Truthfully, no car is safe from those pesky criminals out there wanting to hijack your car. Today, we will discuss what preventative measures you can take to prevent yourself from being a victim.
Never leave your car idling and unattended. A theft will often swoop in when you least expect it. With the keys in the ignition and no one in sight, it's the perfect opportunity for a criminal to take your vehicle. With that being said, you should never leave your car idling and unattended.
Lock your vehicle doors. Please remember to lock your car doors, even if you swear that you'll be back in your car in minutes. Locking the doors not only offers protection, but it will engage the car alarm system when someone tries to break in.
Close the windows and sunroof. Similar to your doors, don't forget to close these openings.
Don't leave valuables in your car. If a thief can spot it, they'll take it. Items like a purse, laptop, or phone should never be in plain sight; otherwise, it is just an open invitation for criminals to break in and take it.
Park in well-lit, protected areas. Parking garages are a great place to store your car. Public ones often have security cameras, so that's a plus. If a garage is not accessible to you, make sure you park in a well-lit area.
Install a security camera. If you want to take security to another level, a camera is not a bad idea to capture your car's surroundings when you're not around. That way, you're always in the know.
We hope these tips help you make wiser, safer decisions in the long run. If you need auto advice, maintenance, or repairs, look no further than Carport Automotive.