Knowing what car thieves look for in cars they are thinking of stealing will help you go a long way in protecting your property and yourself. Here are listed just a few things most thieves notice about you and your vehicle before they decide if they should try to take it or not. There are many ways to use preventive measures to ensure your car will not be first on the list as well.
Several times we as car owner’s have locked one set of keys in the car and had no way of getting them out. To keep this from happening again we then use a hide a key to place the spare set somewhere on the outside of the car for just such emergencies. Thieves use this to their advantage and look for these extra keys first.
Then when found all they have to do is unlock the door and drive away in your vehicle. To prevent this from happening it is always best to keep any extra sets of car or house keys on your person and do not let them out of your sight. They also check to see if your car has any specific type of alarm decals on it.
This allows them to know how that alarm system can be deactivated. Whenever you purchase a car look for these decals and remove all of them. You can also invest in a cable for hood locking which works to keep thieves from reaching under the hood to disarm the battery and alarm system.
Car thieves may use your registration, insurance card or title to locate your home address. This is in itself very dangerous as they now know where you live and can stake out your residence to plan a robbery there as well. Documents important like your titles should be kept in a secure safe place within your home. Your insurance and registration information should be kept in your wallet or purse for safe keeping.
Never leave your car running or unlocked as many thieves take this opportunity to just jump into them and drive off before you even know what happened. Many sit in their vehicles and watch areas where people tend to do this such as, video rental stores, post office drop offs and ATM machines just to watch for this. Why make the criminals jobs easier for them?
Often if there are valuables or items of interest in full view within your car, thieves will actually break out your windows or break your door locks to reach these items. To prevent this keep all valuables and personal items out of sight. Put them under seats, in the cars trunk or keep them with you.
Make yourself and your family safe by learning what car thieves look for and how to use these and more preventative measures to ensure the safety of everyone. We work hard for the things we have and need to do whatever we can to keep others from taking them from us. Some local police departments even have classes on theft prevention as well so look to your local police to see if it is offered in your area.