Tips for Preventing Car Break-Ins
Where do you park your car overnight? Do you have a driveway, or do you park on the street? It is understandable to park outside if you do not have access to a garage or if your garage is used to store everything except your car. This convenience may make your vehicle more susceptible to break-ins, however.
When parking outside at night, what can you do to prevent car break-ins?
Remove the Darkness Factor
Make sure your car is parked in a sufficiently lighted area. Although it may seem obvious, many people overlook this tip. The presence of bright lights is an effective burglar deterrent. In the event that someone is considering breaking into your car, they may rethink their plan if the area is well-lit. If you park on your driveway, consider installing a lamppost or landscape lighting that provides the desired brightness. And, of course, the latest motion-activated lights offer great protection and help keep burglars away. With motion-activated lighting, your home might seem like an invitation to intruders from the street, but once they step foot in your driveway, the motion sensor light is sure to make them reconsider.
Do Not Store Valuables in Your Car
People break into cars to get cash, phones, or anything of value that they could possibly sell. If your car seems to be empty, they will move on and leave your car alone. Remember to remove anything of value in your vehicle at the end of each day. If you must store something in your car, place it under your seat or in a locked glove compartment out of sight. Burglars may move on without tampering with your car if they don’t see something of value easily.
There Is a Good Reason Why Car Doors Lock
It is crucial that your car doors are locked at all times. This easy, straightforward solution makes it harder for a robber to enter your vehicle. Sadly, too many people do not lock their cars. An unlocked car door is an invitation to a thief because they will not need to make much effort to take what they want-you just made it super convenient for them!
Have 24/7 Protection on Your Car
If you cannot avoid regularly parking your car in your driveway overnight, adding an outdoor security camera to your home is a great option. Specifically, smart video cameras are an effective security measure because they will make a robber think twice about breaking into your car just by having them in sight. Using a smartphone app, you can access live video remotely and see precisely what is happening. Set an alert via the app to notify you if suspicious activity is detected.
More Helpful Tips
Here are some theft prevention TIPS from the Norfolk, Virginia Police Department to further help protect your car and valuables. Together with the tips above, these simple steps will increase the safety of your car when parked outside at night and lower the risk of a possible break-in.
In addition, you can learn more about smart outdoor video camera features and a home monitoring system by speaking with the experts at Johns Brothers Security. For over 40 years, Johns Brothers Security has been providing peace of mind to residents and businesses in the Hampton Roads, Richmond, and OBX areas. Give us a call at 1-800-242-9760 to learn more about customized security solutions!