Help Protect Your Vehicle from Break-Ins

Help Protect Your Vehicle from Break-Ins bb3 Jul 18, 2013

By Staff Writer

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Locking your doors isnít always enough to keep car thieves at bay. Whether they use the "smash-and-grab" method or more sophisticated technology, a thief can break into your vehicle in minutes, making off with your possessions and leaving you with a damaged car to repair.

Try these tips to help keep your vehicle safer:

Don't Give Thieves a Reason to Break In

  • Avoid making your vehicle irresistible to thieves. Some precautions include installing an alarm system or anti-theft device, removing window stickers advertising expensive after-market systems, keeping windows closed and locking the doors.
  • Think about where you park. Reduce the risk of being burglarized by parking your vehicle in public, well-lit areas. At home, drive into the garage and lock the vehicle and garage doors. This creates an extra barrier thieves must bypass to break in. If you park in the driveway, install motion sensor lights to scare thieves away.
  • Remove valuables from the vehicle. If you donít want anything stolen, donít store it in your car. Once youíre done driving, scan the inside of your vehicle for things you can take into the house or office. This might include electronics and sports equipment, along with smaller items such as sunglasses or a purse.
  • Keep belongings out of sight. Conceal any items you must keep in your car. Move toll change to the centre console. Stash docking stations and chargers in seat pockets. Lock the GPS in the glove box. You can even remove the faceplate on some stereos to lower their value to thieves.
  • If youíre shopping and plan to make frequent stops, stow your bags in the trunk before you reach your next destination. That way, thieves casing the area wonít know that you have the items, or that youíve moved them. If you have an SUV, purchase a retractable cover for the cargo area.

The Insurance Bureau of Canada offers more information about auto theft and ways to prevent it. If you experience a theft, always contact your State Farmģ agent as soon as possible.

The information in this article was obtained from various sources. While we believe it to be reliable and accurate, we do not warrant the accuracy or reliability of the information. These suggestions are not a complete list of every loss control measure. The information is not intended to replace manuals or instructions provided by the manufacturer or the advice of a qualified professional. Nor is it intended to effect coverage under any policy. State Farm makes no guarantees of results from use of this information. We assume no liability in connection with the information nor the suggestions made.