The nice weather tends to bring people out of doors. In their cars. And not everyone is as nice as the weather.
Protect your car from being broken into and having valuable items stolen from your vehicle with these tips!
There are many ways to protect your car from being broken into, our primary recommendation is to always lock your doors and trunk, and keep your windows firmly closed. Some vehicle models will have an automated remote that allows you to simply push a button to lock all doors and trunk of the vehicle. By having your doors, windows, and trunk locked it prevents thieves from having quick entry to your vehicle. On models with an alarm system, having your doors locked will help protect your items from being stolen. If the alarm is activated from someone attempting to break into your car, the alarm will sound drawing attention to your vehicle.
1. Don't leave valuables in plain view
If you want to protect your car from being broken into, its important that you do not leave valuables in plain view. During busy seasons, thieves will spend ample time in parking lots for quick access to vehicles. A car thief is looking to break into a vehicle to steal items that they can easily grab. When you are leaving your vehicle unattended, removing or locking up items that can be seeing from your windows. Even small items like sunglasses, spare change, and clothing can cause a thief to break into your vehicle. It’s important to protect your car from a break in by either removing these items, or locking them up.
This brings us to the next way you can prevent a break in. Lock any valuable items in your trunk prior to arriving at your destination, this removes the items from plain view. We recommend placing these items in your trunk prior to arriving because it prevents anyone from being able to see you locking any items in your trunk. If a thief watches you arrive in a parking lot and sees you place your work laptop in the trunk of your vehicle, the will not only see what other items may already be stored in your trunk, but will also know what items you are putting in there ahead of time. If you are driving an SUV, draw the security cover since tinted windows will still show items depending on the amount of light in the vehicle.
2. Plan your route
When you are shopping, plan out your route so that you can avoid bringing paid for items back to your car in between purchases. As mentioned above, the best way to protect your car from being broken into is ensure no one can see anything to steal. If you are purchasing something heavy or bulky, plan to pick up these purchases at the end of your shopping trip. Pick up small carriable items at the beginning so you will not need to drop items off at the car in between purchases. This recommendation also related to locking valuables in the trunk prior to arriving. If a thief sees you adding a just-purchased item to your vehicle before you return for more shopping, the will know not only which store you purchased the item from and potentially what the item is, but they can now potentially see what else you have stored in your trunk and know that’s where your valuables are stored, including new packaged goods.
3. Warming your car? Don't leave it unattended
Driving in places like Ohio can mean you can be parking in an open parking lot where elements such as snow, wind, and ice are present. These cold temperatures cool down your vehicle quickly and at times can require you to warm up your vehicle prior to leaving the lot. If you plan to warm up your car, don’t leave your keys unattended. Leaving a warming up car in the winter with the key in ignition is the #1 source of vehicle thefts this time of year. To protect your car from having items stolen from it, make sure you stay with your vehicle while it’s warming up. A solution for this could be to install a remote starter in your vehicle, allowing you to start the engine from a distance, all while keeping the vehicle locked.
These recommendations can help protect your vehicle from being broken into.