Car theft is a problem that likely won’t go away anytime soon. It seems like I hear of cars getting broken into or stolen every other day. But, what can we do about it? That question got me thinking of a few things we can do to lessen the risk of a thief breaking into our vehicles.
1. Don’t keep valuables in your car.
If there’s nothing of value in the car, a would-be-robber has no reason to break in.
2. Keep your windows rolled up.
I see it all the time, people running into grocery stores or convenience stores and leaving their windows down. That’s just asking for someone to come along and swipe their phone that they laid in the center console.
3. Park in a well-lit area.
If you park somewhere there is an abundance of overhead lighting, robbers generally will look the other way since they will be in plain sight.
4. Install a theft-deterrent system.
Aftermarket alarm systems are very good at deterring robbers, especially if someone decides to open your car door, or break a window in the middle of the night.
5. Install a visual deterrent.
The Club is a archaic and clunky, but it works. If a robber were to walk up and see something like that on the steering wheel of your car, they will just keep walking. Another visual deterrent is a steel locking collar that stops people from breaking open the steering column and hot-wiring your car.
6. Install a tracking device
If your super serious about getting your car back in the event of theft, there are a few tracking systems that you can have installed. They won’t stop someone from stealing your car, but it will make it harder for the thief to get away with it. Police will have the ability to track where your vehicle is, in the event of someone taking it.
What methods do you use? Have you ever had your car broken into or stolen? Find me on Facebook and let me know!