How to Protect Your Car From Break-Ins

Car thefts and break-ins are nowhere near as common as they were in the early 1990s or 2000s, but they do still happen sometimes. Having your window smashed or your car stolen isn’t just an inconvenience; it can also be expensive to repair or replace.

So, what can you do to protect your vehicle from a break-in? Read this for eight ways you could protect your car, its parts and your belongings.

  1. Keep windows closed and doors locked. No matter where your car is parked, double-check that doors and windows are closed and locked before you walk away. This can protect it from thieves who count on cars being unlocked.
  2. Don’t leave your keys in the car. Leaving keys in your car, whether it’s off or idling, is an invitation to thieves. And if you have other keys on the ring, those spaces are also vulnerable to theft.
  3. Keep valuables out of sight. As with keys, you don’t want to leave belongings visible in your car, including your phone, laptop bag or other items someone might want to take.
  4. Be careful about parking. Park in well-lit areas. The visibility can help to ward off criminals who don’t want to get caught breaking in.
  5. Protect your car’s wheels. Yes, sometimes thieves will leave your car but run off with the wheels. Protect yourself with lug nut locks to prevent their quick removal.
  6. Use security cameras at home. Whether you park in your garage or driveway, installing a visible security camera can be a deterrent to theft. If something does happen, you’ll have caught it on video.
  7. Prevent catalytic converter theft. While not every make and model is a target of this kind of theft, it’s an expensive repair if it happens to you. You can set your car alarm to respond to vibrations or ask your mechanic to install a lock or shield.
  8. Make sure you have enough auto insurance. Having comprehensive coverage will help ensure you’re compensated for your loss if your car is stolen.

If you have questions or want to update your insurance policy, reach out today.