For more tips, watch these two videos on how to prevent car break-ins:
- Lock Your Car and Take Your Keys.
- Nearly 7% of all stolen vehicles had the keys in them.
- Completely close all vehicle windows when parking.
- Worried about heat? Park in the shade.
- Never Hide a Second Set of Keys in Your Car.
- Extra keys can easily be found if a thief takes the time to look.
- Park in Well-Lit Areas.
- Over half of all vehicle thefts occur at night.
- Park in Attended Lots.
- Car thieves do not like witnesses and prefer unattended parking lots.
- If You Use Valet Parking, Leave Only the Ignition/Door Key.
- If your trunk and glove box use the same key as the door, have one of them changed. Don’t give the attendant easy access to your glove box and trunk.
- Upon returning, check the tires, spare and battery to insure they are the same as those you had when you parked.
- Never Leave Your Car Running, Even if You’ll Only Be Gone for a Minute.
- Vehicles are commonly stolen at convenience stores, gas stations, ATM’s, etc. Many vehicles are also stolen on cold mornings when the owner leaves the vehicle running to warm it up.
- If Your Vehicle is Rear-Wheel Drive, Back Into Your Driveway.
- Rear wheels lock on four-wheel drive vehicles, making them difficult to tow. Front-wheel drive vehicles should be parked front-end first.
- Don’t Leave the Registration or Title in Your Car.
- A car thief will use these to sell your stolen car. File the title at your home or office, and carry the registration in your purse or wallet.
- Disable Your Vehicle When Leaving it Unattended for an Extended Period.
- Remove the electronic ignition fuse, coil wire, rotor distributor, or otherwise disable your vehicle anytime thieves may have extended access to it.
- Replace “T”-shaped Door Locks With Straight Locks.
- Some vehicle doors have lock assemblies at window level that flare out in a knob or “T” shape. A thief can use various tools to gain access inside the vehicle, grab and pull the lock. Straight locks prevent this.
- Vehicle Identification Number (VIN).
- Stolen car/parts are more easily traced when vehicle VIN numbers have been etched on car windows and major parts.
- Engrave Expensive Accessories.
- Engrave personal I.D. numbers on car stereos, cellular phones, etc., so the thief will have difficulty selling them.
- Drop Business Cards, Address Labels, or Other I.D. Inside Vehicle Doors.
- Car thieves usually alter vehicle identification numbers. By marking your vehicle as much as possible, you assist police in identifying your car.
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