Most thieves look for easy targets and check random cars until they find an unlocked one. The first thing you should do is make sure your doors are locked whenever you exit your vehicle. It’s important to get into the habit of checking your car doors.
Leaving your keys in the vehicle (even if it’s locked) attracts thieves, not only they will have total control of your vehicle but also now they have access to all of the keys left in the keychain (Home, Mailbox, Office, etc).
Leaving valuables in your vehicle such as (wallets, cellphones, laptops, bags, etc) will attract unwanted attention from thieves. Also tinting your windows (if its legal where you live) is a good idea to prevent people from looking inside your vehicle.
Thieves know where to look for your spare key. Keeping an extra key in or under your car is a very bad idea.
Areas protected by security guard companies are less likely to be burglarized or vandalized. Having a security patrol service will deter criminals away from your community.
Leaving your windows open or even cracked will make your vehicle vulnerable to burglary, a thief can easily unlock your doors using a metal hanger through a cracked window.
Parking in a well-lit area will make your vehicle less targeted for theft at night, A thief will be less comfortable with the idea of breaking into your car if it’s parked in well-lit area where he can be easily spotted by neighbors and people passing by the area.
Installing an alarm system is one of the best ways to ensure your vehicle’s safety, if someone is trying to break into your vehicle the alarm will make a loud noise (usually using your horn) and that will alert you and most likely scares the thief away. Also using a lock on your wheels is a very good idea.
Always Be aware of your surroundings when you park your vehicle, If you see someone suspicious loitering around the parking lot, try to park somewhere else. you can also download the app Neighbors by Ring and which will keep you updated with crimes and incidents in your area and provides you with pictures of suspicious people committing crimes in your area.
With a tracking device like Lo-jack, you can always find your vehicle before it gets too far and that will most likely give the police the advantage of locating your vehicle by pinpointing the exact GPS location before it gets disassembled and sold for parts.
In the event your car is stolen, the insurance company will reimburse you the cash value of your vehicle (if it’s insured against theft). If your auto insurance policy includes comprehensive coverage, you should be covered up to the actual cash value of your vehicle if your car’s ever stolen or damaged during a break-in. However, the liability and collision portions of your insurance will not cover car theft.