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Car Break-In's and What You Need To Know To Prevent Them.

Car Break-In's and What You Need To Know To Prevent Them.
Car Break-In's and What You Need To Know To Prevent Them.
Car Break-In's and What You Need To Know To Prevent Them.
Could Your Car Be Next?

With summer in full swing, thieves are actively looking for easy targets for a "smash and grab" vehicle break-in.

Let's take a moment to understand these thieves a little better. These predators are always on the prowl day and night looking for quick and easy scores. To the untrained eye, they can be tough to identify. They are masters of blending into their environment and not drawing attention. They frequently work in pairs with one or more working as "lookouts," and the actual thief may use bicycles for fast getaways. Car break in's can be a random crime of opportunity or a steady revenue stream for a local gang.

The first step thieves will take when selecting to break into a car, is called "casing."  "Casing"  is how they choose their target. The thieve or thieves typically perform this activity by passing by car's while walking or bicycling as they are looking inside to see if there is anything of value visible. 

Then when the opportunity looks right to them, they will merely smash the window of your car and take what they want. Sometimes they will commit one break-in, and other times they will go down an entire street or parking lot of a housing community breaking into multiple cars.

If you are the victim of a car break-in, you may ask yourself "why me?"  Chances are you will find that there was a visible item of value left in plain sight. Valuable items left in plain sight is the number one cause of car break-ins.

Let's look at some of the items that you should consider not leaving in plain sight and may attract these thieves to your car.

The thieves are typically looking for such items as the following.

• Cell Phones

• Sports equipment 

• Purse or wallet 

• Laptop (or its bag)

• A briefcase or backpack 

• Shopping bags 

• Small electronics 

• GPS device

• Expensive sunglasses

• Cash – yes, even loose change/coins

• Your keys – this could be the most concerning.

 

So what can you do to prevent car break in’s? The good news is there are a few things that you can do to help deter and hopefully prevent thieves from breaking into your car.

Below are some tips on what you should and shouldn’t do to minimize the probability of a thief breaking into your car.

Let’s start by looking at some of the things you should always do.

1. Always lock your doors and roll up your windows when you park

2. Activate your security system 

3. Consider window tinting (if permitted by local laws), since it makes casing your car more difficult. 

4. Park near other people. Go for busy lots where there’s plenty of pedestrian and vehicle traffic. 

5. If you are away from your car after dark, park in a well-lit area or near a lamppost. 

6. Choose a lot with an attendant over one without

7. Video camera's - They will not stop or prevent the crime but will assist law enforcement in trying to gather evidence

 

Now let’s look at some things you shouldn’t do.

1. Don’t use the console or glove box as mobile lockboxes. These are obvious to thieves and the first place they will look.

2. Do not leave valuables in your car or plain view

3. Do not leave windows or sunroof open

4. Do not leave doors unlocked

5. Do not leave keys in the vehicle

6. Do not leave the garage door opener in plain view

7. Do not leave out items with personal information

8. Do not move valuable things to the trunk while in public view

 

Remember, just one minute is all the time it takes for them to break into your car stealing your belongings and causing damage. 

Once they do, It is often incredibly difficult for local law enforcement to solve and prosecute these car thieves due to the speed of their crime as well as lack evidence. 

That is why taking a few moments before you exit your car to make sure that you are not presenting a would-be thief with an attractive or easy score is critical.

If your neighborhood or housing community has a severe problem with car break-in's, you may want to consider adding a Security Patrol Service. 

Communities with a Security patrol service has experienced some of the following benefits.

Fewer thefts reported to police 

Fewer related crimes in the area (e.g., drug activity, vandalism, other thefts, burglary) 

Reduced concern among area residents about crime and safety 

Reduced theft reports to car insurance companies 

Fewer complaints from concerned citizens, community groups, or elected officials about the problem. 

In closing, I hope that I have shared some insight with you on the topic of car "break-in's" and given you some tools that you can apply right away. 

I hope that you will incorporate these security tips into your everyday routine minimizing the probability of you being a victim of a car break-in.

To schedule an appointment for a free comprehensive Security assessment call Alpha Group Security at 757-423-7000 

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