Using common sense about keeping your vehicle from harm is essential to vehicle theft prevention. See below for some simple tips to help eliminate auto theft.
- Take your keys or take your chances
Accessibility is a huge factor thieves evaluate when stealing a vehicle. Leaving your keys in your car (even for a few minutes) makes it the easiest target for auto theft. Thieves know where to look for spare keys inside or on the exterior of your vehicle, so consider keeping a spare at home rather than in the glove box or under a wheel well.
- Secure your vehicle
When parking your car, make sure all windows are closed and the doors are locked. An extra step to securing your vehicle is engaging the parking break. Every effort you make adds another level of protection between your vehicle and potential thieves.
- Keep valuables hidden
The HEAT program doesn’t recommend leaving valuables in your vehicle. If you must keep valuables in your car, be sure to conceal them beneath seats or in a locked trunk. If a thief can see your GPS, wallet or other valuables in plain view, you’re putting your car at risk for a break in.
- Park in a protected location
Nearly half of all auto thefts occur at night when thieves can hide in the dark and commit crimes away from plain view. Park your vehicle near street lights and brightly lit storefronts when possible. A parking garage is the best option because many have security measures, like security cameras and guards.