Every year there are billions, yes you heard that right…billions of dollars worth of personal items and accessories stolen from vehicles. These items can range from a pair of sunglasses, to CD collections, to stereo systems and other valuables. Most thefts happen when you least expect it, but one thing you can expect, is for the thieves to be quick. Although there really is nothing you can do to completely stop these criminals from doing what they are going to do, there are a few things you can do to reduce your chances of being a target.
Lock Your Doors
The first step clearly seems like a no-brainer, however, 25% of thefts occur from unlocked vehicles! Whether you are just running in to grab a coffee or maybe you are just running up to return your Redbox, all it takes is a few seconds and a turned back to have your car broken into and your valuables taken.
Keep It Tidy
If you think that you are out of harms way because your car is cluttered with useless and invaluable junk, you might want to think again. One mans trash is another mans treasure, and just because you could live without that stuff doesn’t mean that you should want to fork out the money for a new window. Keep your car picked up and don’t give thieves a reason to believe they will be rewarded for their risk.
Put Your Valuables Away
This may also seem quite obvious, however you would be surprised at how many people leave things laying around. Don’t send theives an invitation to shop freely at your expense. There are some accessories that many of us have in our vehicles, and most of the time we don’t pay attention to the message that they send. Most thieves are experts in their field of work and are aware of all the tale-tell signs. So hiding your iPod in your glove box probably isn’t the best idea if your charger chord is plugged in and hanging out. If you can’t take it with you, make it seem as though it isn’t there.
Create Better Habits
When parking your car, make sure it is in a well-lit atmosphere and be alert of your surroundings. And if you can help it, try not to park your small car, in-between two large vehicles. When you head home, make sure that all of your valuables again, are put away and always take your garage opener, GPS, and other things that might look intriguing. Whether you are home or not, never leave your GPS out in plain-eyes-view. If the thieves really wanted to, they could track where you have been, and potentially find your home to do more damage.
Sometimes theft is unexplainable and unpreventable. However, with these simple steps you could be one step closer to being less of a target for auto theft and car break-ins. Stop by Ron Carter Cadillac and visit with our knowledgeable and trusted to staff to get behind the wheel of a vehicle that has enough room and storage to keep your possessions stowed away at all times.