Having your car broken into or stolen completely is an altogether too frequent experience for many Americans and usually something that can be avoided with some basic preparation. The truth is that we are a nation of drivers and one’s car is typically linked to one’s livelihood and work. Having your car broken into is not only a difficult situation for the sense of insecurity it creates but also for the hassle and complications and hassle it will cause in the following weeks and months. Fortunately if you are smart about it you can minimize the chances of somebody breaking into your car or stealing it outright. Check out some of these basic tips for keeping your car safe.
On a basic level there is a lot that you can do to keep your car safe. These are all common sense tips and likely things that you already do but it is worth repeating because of how important these simple tips are. Firstly, always lock your car. Even if you’re just running into the gas station for a moment. Lock it up! It never hurts and does so much to protect your valuables. Also, never keep your valuables in a visible location in your car. If there is an obvious prize waiting it is much more likely that your car will be broken into. Lastly, park in well lit and preferably attended parking lots. Use your common sense and get a feeling if it feels safe before you park.
One growing concern for car owners and a lucrative motivation for thieves is the availability of personal information that could lead to identity fraud. When possible remove any documents with your personal information on it. This means remove bank statements, credit card bills, and even locking up your registration and insurance information if possible.
One simple and very effective tip to prevent someone from stealing your car is to etch your vehicle’s identification number on the windows. This typically will protect you from professional thieves that know it’ll be more work than it’s worth to sell your car with VIN etchings. Another common technique is using a tow truck to steal cars. There are a few ways to make this more difficult for the perpetrator and hopefully make your car seem less desirable. Firstly, use your parking brake, leave your car in park (or in gear for a manual), and turn the wheels toward the curb. If parked in a driveway make sure that you back into your driveway for rear-wheel drive cars and pull in for front-wheel drive vehicles. This will make towing more difficult. Lastly, one fantastic way to stop a thief if you have to leave your car unattended for a long period of time is to disable it. You can do this by removing the ignition fuse, coil wire, rotor, or any number of parts fairly easily but make sure you know what you’re doing beforehand.