Vehicle Crime Prevention

Keeping Your Vehicle Safe

Every year, thousands of vehicles are burglarized in the United States. However, there are some things you can do to help prevent your vehicle from being targeted. Here are a few tips to help keep you and your car safe.

If you have questions or want more information, reach out to us through one of our social media channels, by sending us a message, or calling our Community Preservation Unit at (209)831-6550.

Lock Your Doors and Keep Your Windows Up

Keeping doors and windows locked when you leave your vehicle unattended is a crucial safety precaution. It can help protect your vehicle from theft or vandalism and provide peace of mind.

Hide Your Valuables

Ideally, you should take all valuables with you when you leave your vehicle. However, If you must leave valuables in your car, hide them out of sight.

Put them in the trunk or cover them with a blanket or jacket, so they’re not visible through the windows. And never leave items like purses, wallets, laptops, or GPS devices in plain view—these are just too tempting for thieves!

Park in a Well-Lit Area

One of the simplest things you can do to protect your vehicle is to park it in a well-lit area. This will make it easier for passersby to see if someone is trying to break into your car and make it more difficult for a thief to go unnoticed. If possible, park in a garage or under a street light.

Choose an Attended Lot When Using Public Parking

Another good option, particularly when traveling, is to choose an attended parking lot. These lots typically have security cameras and/or security guards on duty, making it less likely that thieves will target vehicles in these areas.

Don’t Approach Your Vehicle Alone If You Feel Unsafe

Having a second person with you when approaching your vehicle can be beneficial when you feel unsafe or if someone suspicious is lurking around. Having an extra set of eyes to scan the area for potential threats will provide added security and peace of mind.

Additionally, having someone else present might deter would-be thieves.

Invest In A Security System For Your Vehicle

A vehicle security system is an excellent investment for anyone looking for additional peace of mind. Not only does it protect from theft, but it also offers enhanced safety features like automatic door locking, immobilizer, and GPS tracking. Investing in a high-quality vehicle security system can help reduce insurance premiums, add value to your car, and ensure that you and your family are safe when traveling.

Be Extra Cautious When Parking In Garages Or Parking Lots

Be sure to take proper precautions, such as ensuring that there are no suspicious people around, being aware of your surroundings, and double checking to make certain all car doors are locked can help protect you and your belongings. Being extra cautious when parking in unfamiliar areas or at night is essential. Taking the time to be aware and mindful of potential dangers can help keep you safe from harm and potential conflict.

Install A GPS Tracker

A GPS tracker is a device that uses satellite technology to track the location of a vehicle in real-time. GPS tracking devices can be beneficial in recovering stolen vehicles, as police can use the tracker’s data to pinpoint the car’s exact location. Various GPS tracking devices are available on the market, so be sure to do some research before choosing one.

Have Your Windows Etched With Your VIN

Etching is a process whereby your vehicle’s identification number (VIN) is permanently marked on all windows. This makes it much more difficult for thieves to sell stolen parts from your car, as they can easily be traced back to you. Many insurance companies offer discounts on premiums if you get etching done, so it’s worth considering.

Trust Your Gut

If something doesn’t seem right, it probably isn’t. If you see someone suspicious lurking around cars in a parking lot or garage, keep your distance and report it to security or the police immediately.

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