How to Prevent Car Break-Ins
Having your vehicle broken into is never fun. Walking out to your car, only to find your windows smashed and your personal items missing is as much distressing as it is aggravating. Now, you will have to call your insurance company, file a claim, take your car to the shop, and possibly even take out a rental car depending on the damages and time needed for repairs. Save yourself this hassle and frustration by planning ahead with a few simple rules and best practices. Help prevent your vehicle from being broken into by following these easy steps:
1. Hide Valuables
Prevention begins even before you leave your car. Take a look inside your car and identify any items that a thief may find worth stealing. You can hide these items in your trunk, under the seat, or in your console. Just make sure to get them out of plain sight. Typically, objects with higher value to weight ratios will be what most thieves are looking for.
Pay close attention to:
Cellphones and other electronic devices
It may seem harmless to leave your stuff in plain sight, but a thief notices these things immediately and won't hesitate to break a window to steal the items. If there’s a reward, they’ll take the risk.
It’s preferable to take your belongings with you, but if that’s not possible, hide them. Put them in the trunk if necessary, so they are out of sight.
2. Close the Windows
Roll up the windows in your car after you’ve verified that all your belongings are hidden. Many times people are in a hurry and leave their windows down. It only takes a small opening for a thief to get the signal that it’s fine to break into your car.
Even if it’s summer and the temperatures are high, close the windows every time. Turn the AC on when you get back in the car and roll the windows down when you start driving to let the heat out.
3. Park in a Well-Lit Populated Area
Most car break-ins happen because the vehicle is parked in a dark area with little to no foot traffic. A thief doesn’t want attention and will likely avoid breaking into cars parked in well it areas or areas with lots of people passing by. Choose a parking spot with street lights. Even better if you find a spot where there are surveillance cameras present, too.
If it costs more to leave your car in an attended parking lot, it might be worth doing so to keep your belongings safe.
4. Lock Your Doors
Some people believe that a thief will break into a car no matter what if that’s their intention. Following this belief, some people feel tempted to leave their doors unlocked to prevent burglars from smashing the windows.
However, this is not a good approach. Most thieves want an easy way to get cash or valuable items. Locking your doors discourages them from breaking into your car. Consider getting your windows tinted to deter potential thieves even further.
5. Install Car Alarm and/or Anti-Theft Security Sticker
Does your vehicle come with a security system? If so, advertise it with stickers in your windows. The labels will help alert would-be burglars that your car will make a lot of noise and potentially get them caught. No thief wants to attract attention, and a car alarm will do just that.
You can always install an alarm on an older model vehicle that doesn’t have one. Even if you can’t afford one, buy a sticker to make it seem that you have a security system in place. It might just be enough to keep a thief from breaking into your car.
No safety measure is enough to protect your vehicle 100% of the time. However, these essential tips may help dissuade potential thieves from viewing your car as a suitable target for their next break-in.
Having your insurance policy up-to-date is also vital to protect your assets. Infinity Insurance can help you find a plan that suits your budget and needs. Call one of our friendly agents at 1-800-INFINITY or receive your free Auto Insurance Quote Online today!
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