Unfortunately, car break-ins happen, but you can take steps to minimize your risk and keep your vehicle and belongings safe.
By taking a few minutes to review these tips now, you could avoid the hassle of repairing (or replacing) your car later.
Here are 10 smart ways to keep your vehicle safe from theft.
Don’t Make a Break-In Easy
- Lock your car and never leave it running unattended, even if you’re just heading inside your home for a minute.
- Close your windows and sunroof when you’re not in the car.
- Take your key fob with you, and don’t leave a spare house or car key hidden in your vehicle.
Plan Ahead (Even in Your Neighborhood)
- Stow valuables in your trunk.
- Avoid driving or parking in high-crime areas. If you’re driving to an unfamiliar destination, research your route ahead of time.
- Seek out well-lit parking spots, garages and lots. And if you park in your driveway at night, consider installing a motion-sensor light.
Hide What’s Important
- Don’t leave anything a thief might want, including spare change, shopping bags or other personal belongings.
- Take your garage door opener, wallet, purse, phone and keys out of your car. If necessary, hide your items — but not in an obvious place like the center console.
- Keep your vehicle title in the house and your registration in your wallet.
What to Do After a Crime
If you’re the victim of a vehicle break-in or theft, take photos of the damage, file a police report and reach out for help filing an insurance claim.
We can also help you be more proactive. Get in touch to learn about additional coverage for your vehicle or home.