December is the biggest shopping month of the year. From loose credit cards and change to bags full of gifts, you often have more valuables in your car this time of year. Unfortunately, thieves know this, which means it’s more likely for your vehicle to be broken into around the holidays. Here are our top tips to protect your car from break-ins.
Preventing Car Break-Ins
Keep valuables out of sight. Preferably, you should avoid leaving your car unattended when it has loose valuable items inside. If you have no choice but to leave shopping bags, purses, wallets, briefcases, cell phones, or laptops in your car, hide them from view. The safest option is to put them in the trunk. You can also cover valuables with a blanket to keep them out of sight.
Hide chargers and accessories that could clue a thief into the presence of a GPS, cell phone, or other device stashed away somewhere in the car. Also, consider removing the faceplate of a custom stereo when you leave your car parked outside. Place it in the glove compartment or, better yet, tuck it in your bag and take it with you.
Avoid keeping keys, access cards, and garage door openers in the car. These invite thieves to break in so they can gain access to your house. Don’t make the mistake of keeping a spare car key in a “secret” hiding place. Instead, tuck them in your purse or store them near your wallet at home.
Don’t leave credit cards, driver’s licenses, or other personal identification in your car. The goal is to limit your losses if a thief breaks in, so reduce the chance of identity theft by taking your ID’s with you.
Secure your car. If possible, park your car in a closed garage overnight. If you have a carport near your house, install a motion sensor or leave the exterior light on all night to deter thieves. Whether you park in the garage, under a carport, or on the street, make it a habit to remove your keys, roll up the windows, and lock the doors whenever you leave your car unattended.
Improve visibility. If you park your car outside overnight, choose an open, brightly lit space. Trim back trees and bushes that block the view from your house or the street. Avoid parking behind dumpsters or other large obstructions that impair visibility.
Keep watch over your car. Consider installing a security camera aimed at your driveway, carport, or side garage door. When you park on public property, look for security cameras mounted to streetlamps, and choose a parking spot with a camera aimed right at it. This may deter thieves or at least help you find the perpetrator if a break-in occurs.
Be observant. When you exit or enter your vehicle in a parking lot, stop for a moment and take a look around you. Are there any loitering or suspicious characters nearby? Does the parking lot appear derelict? It’s best not to leave your car in such situations.
Make Your Car More Secure with a Trip to Scott’s Fort Collins Auto
While all of the above techniques are helpful to protect your car from break-ins, the most straightforward option is to roll up your windows and lock your doors. If you have a broken door lock or a window that’s stuck open, you could unintentionally invite thieves to take a closer look.
Don’t set yourself up for a break-in! Visit Scott’s Fort Collins Auto to have broken windows, locks, alarm systems, and other security issues resolved. We’ll help keep your car safe from thieves this holiday season and all year round.