5 Ways To Protect Your Car From Theft

By Seamus Nally
Updated January 22, 2016
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5 Ways To Protect Your Car From TheftWe lock our car doors and set our car alarms for one reason only: to deter car thieves. Let’s be honest. Cars get stolen everyday. According to the FBI, approximately 2,000 are stolen everyday nationwide. 

Here are five more precautions you can take to ensure your ride will be waiting for you in the parking lot after work.

1.) Pick The Right Spot

Strategically picking a parking spot is more than just the closest spot to your destination. It could ensure that your car is still there when you come back to it.

Pick a well lit spot. A spot that is preferably in an area where others are coming and going. 

Don’t pick the back of the lot in a dark corner just to get your steps in. This area is prime for car theft and potential assaults. 

So go ahead! Follow that shopper from the door to their car to get that close spot! Your insurance carrier will thank you.   

2.) Valuables - Hide Em!

Leaving your purse or shopping bags on the passenger seat is begging for someone to break your car window. 

Channel your inner messy child. Leave the backseat jumbled, that way valuables and the junk look the same. If that made you cringe, hide valuables under a coat or in the trunk. 

3.) Be The Undesirable

We’ve all seen the car with a different color panel, bald wheels, and crank windows. 

Nobody will ever steal that beauty. 

If that’s too extreme for you, pick a car that is not on the top ten list of stolen cars. Number one: Honda Accord.

4.) The Club

Yes, the club is still sold and is still used. It locks up your steering wheel so it can’t be used.

The downside of the club; it makes the cars around you more attractive to car thieves.

5.) Padded Protection

Maxi pads are cheap and easily accessible. Most people cringe upon seeing an open maxi pad. For high crime locations use red food dye and some water for extra protection.

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