Car thefts are on the rise and more and more people are becoming the victim of car theft. Many say that they locked their car and thought it was parked in a safe area, but their vehicle was still stolen. It doesn’t take long for a car thief to break into your car, start it and drive off. Even with modern technology on board, there is a car stolen every minute in the US.
While many of us think of car theft as a thief taking our car, sometimes the thieves are only interested in what is inside and what they can carry off. For car thieves, an aftermarket stereo, your laptop or tablet, purse, wallet or other valuables are worth more to them than taking the entire car. It is often much easier as well. Whether the window is left open, the convertible top is down, or the thief simply breaks a window, getting into your car is easier than you might think.
To help you avoid getting your car broken into, we have created this helpful list of ways you can avoid losing your valuables and keep your car safe from car thieves.
1. Don’t leave valuables in plain sight.
If the thief sees something inside your vehicle worth taking, he will more than likely take it. Don’t leave valuables like computers, tablets, smartphones and purses where thieves can see them. Either lock them in the glove box, stow them in the trunk or take them with you.
2. Don’t leave your keys in the ignition if you’re not in the car.
Surprisingly, many people leave their keys in the ignition when they go into the gas station or their favorite restaurant for a takeout order. A thief walks by, sees your unlocked car with the keys in the ignition and sees his chance to steal it. Always take your keys with you when leaving your car. It only takes a second to remove them from the ignition and protect your vehicle from theft.
3. Keep your vehicle locked at all times.
Any time you leave your vehicle, be sure to lock it. Many times, thieves will walk through a parking lot lifting car door handles and the one that opens is the one they will steal. Locking your car’s doors is the best deterrant to theft that you can use and it doesn’t cost anything.
4. Install an Alarm
Many modern cars come with an anti-theft system but an aftermarket alarm can provide even more protection. Other things that you can install include a GPS tracking system, a mechanical immobilizer such as The Club or an electronic immobilizer that can kill the ignition in the event of an attempted theft.
5. Etch your car’s VIN on the glass
Thieves steal cars to sell as parts. This is much easier and safer than selling it as a complete vehicle. By etching your car’s VIN on the glass and other body parts, it makes it harder for them to sell. Also, buyers will check VIN’s on car parts before they purchase them and many retail buyers will check these with a list of recently stolen vehicles and report the parts and the seller to the police. You can purchase a DIY etching kit or have it done professionally.
Protecting your car from theft will protect your investment and save you money on your insurance premiums. Use this helpful guide to protect your vehicle and the valuables inside.