Protect Your Vehicle Against Break-Ins
The best protection drivers can take against car theft is to avoid seeming like an easy target. Thieves often pursue unlocked or running vehicles with valuables in clear sight.
The most common items stolen from cars include:
Protect Your Vehicle and Your Belongings By:
1) Locking doors and windows
Thieves look for easy opportunities and the first thing they’ll check are open doors. Always lock your vehicle (even while driving) and roll up the windows when you leave your car. If you’re traveling with pets, you can use a second key to keep your car running while locked when you are away.
2) Hiding your valuables
Leaving your belongings in clear view gives thieves certain payoff for breaking into your car. Hide your valuables by locking them in the trunk instead of the glove box or under a seat. If you want to ensure your items won't be stolen from your car, bring them with you.
3) Parking in well-lit areas
Avoid parking between larger vehicles, against dumpsters or fences, or in remote places. Choose a parking spot in busy areas where your car can be easily seen. Thieves are more likely to be caught and may not attempt crimes in these areas.
4) Knowing what's in your car
Remove any unnecessary personal information or items from your vehicle. This can prevent identify theft if confidential information is unintentionally disclosed. If you use a GPS device, store the address of a nearby business as your “Home” address. In some cases, car thieves will burglarize the victim’s home if they also find their address.
5) Installing an alarm
Newer cars usually have alarms installed, but if you drive an older model, you may want to consider installing one. Today you can find a variety of car locks and alarms that offer an extra layer of protection. Loud alarm systems can prevent break-ins by scaring off criminals with sound alone.
Helping You Be Prepared
At Farm Bureau Insurance, protecting you from the risks of everyday life is our mission. Contact an agent today to find a policy that keeps your vehicle protected.