Not every homeowner is fortunate enough to have a garage to park their car in, and a large majority of homeowners who do have garages report using them for other uses such as storage and home gyms. If you’re parking your car on the street in front of your home, for whatever reason, you’ll want to ensure that your vehicle is properly protected from being broken into or even from being stolen. A great way to protect your vehicle is to have a home security camera installed on the front of your home. If you’re in need of a surveillance camera installation for your Los Angeles home, call XYZ Security today. To learn more tips on how to prevent your car from being broken into, keep reading!
Top Tips For Protecting Your Vehicle From Theft
#1. Always lock the doors.
We know, this sounds obvious, but about 50 percent of all vehicles that are reported stolen were all left unlocked. Even if you’re not leaving your car overnight, and you’re simply running into your house for a few minutes, a thief may see this as the perfect opportunity to hop in and drive off. No matter how safe you think your neighborhood is, always lock your car when you get out of it.
#2. Never leave your keys in the car.
If you happen to have a keypad that grants you access to unlocking your car without your keys, you may be tempted to simply leave your keys in your car. However, 13 percent of stolen vehicles were reported to have had the keys in them. If a thief sees that your keys are in the console of the car, they may not hesitate to break a window and steal your vehicle. This can also apply to leaving your spare key in your car or in a hidden box on your car in case you get locked out. Car thieves will know all of the places to look for hidden keys in and outside of your car.
#3. Don’t leave your windows rolled down.
Remembering to roll up your windows can be difficult, especially if it’s a beautiful summer day and you’ve been driving around with your windows down. Even if you’re parked directly in front of your house, someone strolling by your house may see that the windows are rolled down and take the opportunity to unlock your door and riffle through your things. If you often drive with your windows down and forget to roll them up, consider placing a sticky note somewhere in your car that will remind you to roll up your windows.
#4. Don’t leave your car running if you’re inside.
It can be tempting to start your car in the morning and let it warm up while you finish getting ready. However, in most cities, this is illegal and it should be avoided. Not only does an unattended car that is running have a higher chance of getting stolen, but leaving your car running also emits unnecessary pollutants into the air.
If you are unable to park your vehicle in a garage, make sure you follow the tips above in order to prevent your car from being an easy target for theft. Additionally, get the surveillance camera installation you need for you Los Angeles home so you can keep an eye on any suspicious activity and deter thieves from breaking into your car. Call XYZ today to learn more about our home security camera systems.