Top Ideas to Prevent Car Break-ins

As crime increases throughout the country including vehicle break-ins, here are a few of the top ways to prevent your vehicle from being a part of a bad statistic.

The majority of vehicle break-ins and theft are from unlocked cars. Whether you are parked in your driveway in front of your house or inside your garage, it is good decision to lock your doors. In many neighborhoods throughout the country, criminals can simply walk down the street and try the doors to see if they are open. This makes your vehicle too easy for theft. Simply having your doors locked will likely make the criminals move on to an easier target.

Even though it goes without saying, I’m still going to say it. Roll your windows all the way up and engage the car alarm before you walk away from your vehicle. Although this alone may not prevent your vehicle from being broken into, if the alarm goes off, it has a better chance for neighbors and others to be on higher alert, which could make the criminals leave the area.

In addition to locking your doors, installing a film to the windows is a great deterrent. The truth is, criminals like to window shop. Tinted windows make it more difficult for them to see inside your vehicle, especially if you add darker film to the windows. This adds a layer of privacy and may help deter the thief from trying to break-in your vehicle. There are other vehicles around that would be easier to break-in to, so they may just choose a different house and leave yours alone. The professionals at Dino Tint would be happy to help you with this step.

The next best thing is to simply tidy up. You should remove the valuable items from your vehicle. Don’t leave your iPad, laptop, or jewelry sitting on the seat. Sunglasses or even spare change in the cup holder might be enough to see as valuable from a thief’s perspective. If those types of items are not in there in the first place, a criminal will not be able to take them, even if they do break-in your vehicle.

Whenever possible, park your vehicle in a well-lit area. If you are in a parking lot, park close to the building where there is little chance for someone to break-in and be easily seen. It’s best to not park in the back corner that is dark and has lots of bushes and trees and even fences blocking the views. If you are at your house, add a motion light that points toward your vehicle.

Don’t rely on the fact that you “live in a nice neighborhood”. Most of the break-ins are from criminals that don’t live in your neighborhood. Do your due diligence and stay protected.