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How to Protect Your Car from Theft

Your car is likely one of the largest investments you will ever make. Keep it safe from theft by following our top 5 tips for deterring car break-ins below.

5 Tips for Deterring Car Break-Ins

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Don’t Leave Valuables in Sight

Some thieves are not after your car at all but rather want the valuables that have been left behind inside. This can leave you with damaged windows, damaged interiors, and missing items. Keep your car clean and free of loose items like sunglasses, shopping bags, and more to deter someone from wanting to get inside.

Use the Garage

Thief taking a purse from a broken car windowIf possible, avoid parking on the road at night and park inside a garage. The garage will add a layer of protection to your car as most car thieves are looking for easy targets that can be accessed quickly and easily.

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Lock Your Doors

You wouldn’t believe the percentage of car thefts and missing items that occur due to an unlocked door. Get in the habit of locking your car doors anytime you are not inside the vehicle. Again, car shoppers are looking for easy targets and many will go around parking lots or streets testing doors to see if they are unlocked.

Don’t Hide a Key

Don’t hide a key on the top of your tire or on your car visor. Everyone knows about these tricks and many car thieves will look here to gain quick access to your vehicle. It’s also a good idea to limit the copies you make of your car keys and the amount of people you give a copy to as they are easy to misplace and are often labeled guiding a thief right to your vehicle.

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Park Close to Entrances

Parking close to store entrances and to security cameras will deter someone from targeting your car. Get in the habit of looking for security cameras and close parking spaces in open areas to keep yourself and your car as safe as possible.