Protect against Thieves
Take a guess at how many cars are stolen every minute in the United States? If you guessed one, you are right! (The exact number is every 43 seconds a car is stolen in the United States.) We’ve made a simple guide on some of the things you should be doing so that you don’t get your car stolen.
1. Where you Park Your Car Makes a Difference
If you were a thief, which one is a better target. A car in the middle or a parkway or something in an apartment lot.
Most people would choose the apartment lot as well. Car thieves avoid stealing cars in driveways because it leaves them out in the open. Stealing a car in an apartment lot is much easier given that it allows you to easy “blend in” and sneak away if someone catches you trying to break in.
2. Car Models Matter
Based the NICB’s report, the most-stolen used car is the 1996 Honda Accord, which came up to a whopping 52, 244 units stolen just in the year 2016. If you’re curious, number 2 is the 1998 Honda Civic with 49, 430 units stolen.
Here’s the bottom line, Hondas, Toyotas and Acuras are a gem in the minds of car thieves. Why? It’s because these are easier to steal and have a pretty high resale value.
What’s the solution? Buy a Lamborghini
3. Don’t Leave your Car Running
This one may seem like an obvious, but we decided for the better and it in here.
Things that Car Thieves HATE
Kill Switches, Nosy Neighbors, Daytime, Security car, and alarms. What do all of these things have in common? It makes stealing something a lot harder. Put as much In between the car and the thief – this includes anything that will be loud and obnoxious.
4. Don’t leave the heater on
As tempting as it is to preheat your car before you head to work, this is a problem. What’s stopping the car thief from hopping in your car while you’re inside making a cup of coffee? They even have a warm car to ride off with. Thanks to you.
Now here’s the solution. Heat your car. Lock your car. And just use a pair of spare keys to get back in.
5. Make Sure You Don’t Have any spare keys laying around
Don’t keep your spares in the glove compartment or change tray. You certainly don’t want to be showing a spare where a thief can see it.
Most of the time, a thief will scope the area, and if they see an opening, they will take it. Don’t give them that opening.
6. The Biggest Mistake
Here it is: leaving your window open. Even if it is just a single inch. Give a thief one inch, and they’ll take a mile. AKA your car. An inch is all a thief needs to jack your car. They’ll be able to stick their fingers in to get the window out of its track. Then they’ll be able to stick their arm in to unlock the doors. And then off they go with your new Acura.
Most of these can be implemented TODAY so that your chances of getting car-jacked decrease substantially. We made our list; now we would like to hear from you. Do you have any tips to prevent being car jacked? Leave it in the comments below and share your tips with others.