How do I prevent my car from being stolen or broken into?
There is a lot to love about summer in Minnesota. However, there is a sinister side to the warm weather – an increase in property crimes. According to national insurance statistics, July and August are the months when vehicles are most likely to be broken into. If you’re wondering, ‘How do I prevent my car from being stolen or broken into,’ a few members of the Kia of Mankato sales staff did a little research to find some answers. While vehicle owners certainly need to be vigilant to keep various ne’er-do-wells at bay, none of these solutions are terribly taxing beyond remembering to do a few very common-sense things. If there is something we can help with to further secure your vehicle, please reach out to a product expert today.
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Lock it down – For the most part, vehicle break-ins are crimes of opportunity. You can do your part to deter car thieves by simply making sure all the doors are locked and that the windows are all closed tight. In an overwhelming number of vehicle break-ins, the thieves simply pulled on car door handles until they found one that was open.
Additionally, keeping your vehicle secured in a garage or parking structure with secured access goes a long way. However, if this isn’t possible try to park your vehicle in a well-lighted area for all the additional deterrence you can get.
Get it out – Building on the idea of taking away the temptation of an unlocked car door, remove valuables from your vehicle every night. Small valuable items like smartphones, cameras or GPS units are going to be the first things taken during a vehicle burglary.
Also, if you have a windshield-mounted bracket for holding a GPS or something similar, take it down when you leave the car. Police say thieves can look for these brackets to narrow down which cars might have electronics inside of them.
Sound the alarm – If you are really looking for some extra peace of mind, a car alarm could be the solution you’re looking for. There are a variety of options on the market and vehicle owners should have very little trouble finding something that will meet their needs and their budget. Also, some car insurance providers may give you a discount on your auto policy if you have an alarm system that meets certain requirements. Ask your licensed insurance agent for information on that.
Hopefully, these tips will help you protect your vehicle and your property without getting anyone too worried. If the Kia of Mankato team can do anything to help, please let us know.