Most vehicle crime is opportunistic and therefore preventable. By following some straightforward advice, and working together, we can ensure that this type of crime is reduced in your community. Some of the advice may sound obvious and rather simple but it could make all the difference if you follow it consistently. The cost and the time you must spend on repairs, replacement of stolen items can be easily prevented by following some simple tips.
Tips to prevent thefts from your vehicle.
Remove all Valuables - Never leave ANYTHING on display when you leave your vehicle. Even loose change, cigarettes, cigarette lighters, sunglasses, CD’s, cell phones, stereos, cameras, and clothing, if they can see it they will steal it.
Park Safely - When parking at home, always use your garage if you have one, and lock both your vehicle and your garage. If you don't have a garage, try to park in a well-lit, open place. When parking at work or your local mall, park in a well-lit open place.
Remove Portable Accessories - Removing stereo face plates and locking them in the trunk or taking them with you, will deter thieves.
Get an Alarm Installed - Alarms can deter thieves not only from stealing items from your vehicle, but also from stealing your vehicle. Even if you have an alarm installed NEVER, NEVER, NEVER leave anything in your vehicle. Thieves can smash a window, reach in grab an item and be gone in seconds, before your alarm is even activated. Caution is needed that you do not set your alarm to sensitive. Storms, wind, large trucks passing by your vehicle can set it off.
Use a Steering Locking Device (The Club) · Use a steering wheel lock every time you leave your vehicle. A vehicle that is well secured has a tendency to deter criminals. A steering wheel lock will also deter theft of your vehicle.