8 Ways to Prevent Vehicle Break-Ins
In the amount of time it would take to get a quote on car insurance from Gieco, a thief could break into your car and take everything. It takes less than a minute for a thief to break the window of your car and snatch whatever you have laying in you front seat.
Each year, there are about 1.85 million car thefts, and $1.26 billion worth of personal items and accessories are stolen. For every theft, experts estimate there are several break-ins and attempted break-ins.
What are the best practices to prevent vehicle break-ins?
Below are some tips and tricks to keep thieves out.
- Keep your car visible. Park in a well-lit area and avoid parking next to something that could hide your vehicle (i.e. fences, buildings, or large vehicles).
- Keep your windows and sunroofs closed. Make sure your doors are locked. Almost a quarter of thefts occur when vehicle doors are unlocked.
- Activate and use your vehicle’s alarm. If your vehicle does not have an alarm, have one installed by a professional.
- Many vehicles are broken into with the intent of stealing the vehicle itself. Visible anti-theft devices, like steering wheel locks, steering column collars, or brake pedal locks may discourage the would-be thief.
- If you do leave valuables in your vehicle, keep them out of sight. Items such as shopping bags, iPads, purses, wallets, and backpacks are appealing to thieves.
- Take your keys with you and do not leave a spare key hidden. Even though you might think under the floor mat is a great place to hide a spare, a thief will too.
- Do not ever leave a firearm in your vehicle. Be a responsible gun owner and do not leave it to chance.
- Add a GPS tracking device to your vehicle. If the unthinkable happens, this tool will be helpful in locating your stolen vehicle.
The aftermath of a vehicle break-in can be expensive, both in repair cost and replacement of your valuables, and make you feel vulnerable. Protect yourself by following the practices listed above to minimize your risk.
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