Having your personal belongings stolen out of your vehicle can make you feel vulnerable. There is no way to completely stop anyone from breaking into your car, but here are 4 tips to help prevent car break-ins.

Lock your Doors
While this piece of advice should be a no-brainer, up to a quarter of vehicle thefts are from unlocked cars, according to some law enforcement agencies. Even if you’re running into the store for a Coke, that’s too long to leave your vehicle’s contents open for the taking. Simply locking the doors will deter those who might just be waiting around for an easy target. Source: edition.cnn.com

Park in Well Lit Areas
Parking in a well lit area where your vehicle is highly visible will also deter thieves, especially if there is constant traffic and other people walking by. Parking your vehicle in a dimly lit, remote area of a parking lot or garage makes your vehicle an easy target. Source: Wellesleypolice

Don’t Leave a Trace
Don’t leave any sign that there might be valuables “out of sight” in your vehicle. For example: the suction cup on your dashboard, might tell thieves, that you have a GPS system in your vehicle. Leave nothing in plain view. Very few auto break-ins are “random”. The thieves usually see something out in the open or hints of possible hidden valuables. Source: BPdny.org

Don’t Leave a Crack in your Window
Rolling down the window just a smidge might help air out your car on hot days. But it’s also an easy way for someone to force open the window to unlock the car.

Even an inch is enough for a thief to stick their fingers in, rock the window back and forth to get it off the track, push it down, and reach their arm in to unlock the door. Source: Ackermansecurity

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