According to the FBI, approximately $5.9 billion was lost to motor vehicle theft in the U.S. in 2016. From stolen valuables to stolen vehicles, burglars will use an unsuspecting car as a quick, often easy target. Therefore, it’s important to understand how to prevent car theft and protect your property.
Protecting your car from theft sometimes involves common sense, and other times involves just a touch of effort on your part. Here are four ways that you can prevent car theft:
Park in Well Lit Areas
Vehicles parked in a dark isolated corner of the parking lot are prime targets for car thieves. Instead of parking in areas that attract thieves, try to park under a lamp post or near a busy entrance. And at home, consider moving your car into the garage instead of parking out on the street.
Lock Your Doors and Take the Keys
The easiest way to get your car or items stolen? Leaving the doors unlocked or the keys inside. Always lock your car door, and never leave your keys inside. Even if you’re only going to be gone for a minute, it’s better to be safe than sorry.
Avoid Leaving Valuables in the Car
Leaving valuables, like a purse or a GPS device, out in the open in your car will certainly attract theft. Avoid leaving valuables in the car to not only protect those items, but your vehicle as well. If leaving them in the car is your only option, hide them underneath the seat or put them in the trunk.
Get a Car with an Alarm
A loud, obnoxious alarm makes it hard for a theft to occur unnoticed. Most newer models come with a car alarm that you should set whenever you leave your vehicle. If your car doesn’t come equipped with a car alarm, a mechanic should be able to install one for you. You may also want to consider installing a tracking device to locate your vehicle in the event of a theft.
With common sense and a extra few safety measures, you can prevent car theft and keep your property safe. But when it comes to protecting your home, let Sonitrol help. Our comprehensive security systems can prevent home invasion and give you peace of mind. Contact Sonitrol today to learn what we can do for you.