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It is an unfortunate fact that hundreds of thousands of vehicles are stolen and broken into every single year. If you want to avoid being a victim of one of these crimes, then you need to be proactive about protecting your vehicle. Here are a few simple steps that all drivers can take to safeguard their cars and trucks.
One of the most effective ways to reduce your risk of your car being broken into is to hide all valuables. Most break-ins are crimes of opportunity, and the average criminal is going to ignore your vehicle completely if the doors are locked and they don’t see any valuables. If you can’t take your valuables with you, then you should lock them in the trunk or glove compartment, out of sight.
Cutting-edge security systems are extremely effective and packed with a wide variety of useful features. Some security systems will send an alert to a driver’s phone whenever the doors are opened or someone pulls on a handle while the door is locked. Others can send messages directly to the police when a car is being broken into. Once you have installed your new security system, you should consider placing a security system decal or sticker in the window to deter criminals.
Another simple step that you can take to prevent a break-in is to park your vehicle in a garage whenever possible. Criminals want to leave the area with your valuables within a matter of seconds, and that is going to be much more difficult if they have to get into your garage as well. If you don’t trust your current setup to keep out thieves, you might want to consider upgrading or repairing your garage door or installing a high-quality garage door opening system. If you aren’t able to park in your garage, then you should leave your car in a well-lit area such as a busy city street. A car that is parked in a dark alley away from bystanders will be much more appealing to criminals.
Breaking into a vehicle only to find out that there is nothing of value inside is a situation that criminals will try to avoid at all costs. In addition to locking your doors and hiding all of your valuables, you should try to block or tint the windows as well. Before you have your windows tinted, you need to spend some time researching local tinting laws. Many areas have different laws regarding how dark your windows can be, and you could receive an expensive ticket if your windows are improperly tinted.
While you will never be able to make your vehicle completely impervious to criminals, you can do quite a bit to reduce your risk of being a victim. A few simple upgrades and parking in the safest locations will make your vehicle much less enticing to car thieves and other criminals.