Filing a claim for a car theft is not only disheartening, but it can also increase how much you pay for auto insurance. To protect yourself and your vehicle, follow these theft prevention tips:
Lock it up
This may seem like a no-brainer, but you would be surprised how many people forget to lock their car doors. Even if you live in a safe neighborhood with low crime rates, you could be inviting thieves into your car by leaving it unlocked. To keep your car and possessions safe, lock your car every time you leave it. Be sure that all the windows are completely rolled up and your sunroof is closed fully. Open windows make it easier for thieves to gain entry into your car.
Take your keys
Again, it may seem like a simple and straightforward idea, but many cars are stolen because someone left the keys inside. If you have a spare set of keys, don't leave them inside the vehicle. Instead, leave them at home or with another driver who is registered on the same car. You might think that hiding a second set in your car could come in handy, but experienced thieves will know where to look.
If you leave valuables out in the open where they can be seen by anyone walking by, you are putting yourself and your car at risk of robbery. Leaving purses, wallets or handbags out on a seat is like an invitation for someone to break into your car and steal from you. Items like computers and MP3 players are also targets for thieves. To reduce the likelihood that you will be a victim of theft, hide these valuables if you plan on leaving them in your car. This goes for your registration and title of the car, as well. In fact, it may be better not to have these in your car at all, as a car thief could use them to sell the vehicle.
Park in the garage
If you own a garage, use it. This will offer you great protection from the street where anyone walking by could try to get into your car. It is less likely that someone will be able to break into a locked garage and car over a car that is parked on the street. In addition, parking in a garage can provide some protection from the weather, which is better for a vehicle. Locking the garage and the car significantly reduces the chances of getting robbed.