How to Prevent Car Theft

Picture of a thief breaking a car window

With the warmer weather arriving in Middle Tennessee, metro theft detectives have seen a steady uptick in the number of auto thefts. Prevent car theft with these tips to ensure you car stays safe this summer.

1. Keep Your Vehicle Locked

While this may seem obvious, many people still leave their vehicle unlocked. Keeping your car locked is especially important in the summer, as this is the most common time of year for car theft.

50% of all stolen vehicles are unlocked. So make sure to always lock up, even if you’re just running a quick errand.

2. Never Leave Your Keys in the Car

Another big cause of car theft is people leaving their keys in the car. This is especially common in the winter months, when people are warming up their car.

It only takes 5 seconds for a thief to hop in your car and drive away. So, keep your car keys with you at all times.

3. Never Leave Your Car Running Unattended

Always stay with your car while it’s running. Opportunistic thieves who see your car running may take advantage of the situation and drive away with your vehicle. In many states it is actually illegal to leave your car running unattended. If you do need to keep your car running, make sure to get a remote starter.

4. Avoid Leaving Valuables in Your Car

Don’t leave valuable in your car in plain view for thieves to see. Items to avoid leaving in your car include: purses, wallets, laptop bags, shopping bags, cell phones, loose change, keys and mp3 players. Don’t leave these items laying out on the dash, seat or floor.

Thieves act on impulse, so if they see something as they are perusing through the parking lot, they may take your possessions and run.

5. Be Aware of Your Surroundings

Finally, be aware of your surroundings. Make sure to park in well ­lit areas, near building entrances and in ­view of security cameras. This will help deter thieves.

Be safe out there when parking and ensure you take the necessary steps to prevent your car from being stolen.

Now, that you know how to protect your car, it’s time to learn how to protect your home.