For those of us who live in highly populated urban areas, we know all too well the possibility of being robbed. In places like Chicago, you can never be too careful in trying to prevent yourself from being the next victim of a robbery. You never know when it could happen to you, so it’s important to be prepared. Here are three ways to keep thieves away from your car:
Be responsible for your belongings
Thieves looking to break car windows aren’t going to risk attracting unwanted attention breaking into a car that has nothing clearly visible inside of it. A few things that might attract unwanted attention in your car are handbags, duffle bags, electronics, shopping bags and of course money and credit cards. You should always take your valuables inside with you, or try hiding them so that they aren’t visible. Smaller items can be stowed away in your glove compartment and larger ones can be placed in the trunk. If there are still more items you have to leave in your car, make sure to cover them up with a blanket, towel, or even a jacket. Any little step you take could save you from a shattered window.
Consider installing a security system
Security systems are available for those who really worry about your car being broken into. These alarms make your car more sensitive and alert you whenever someone tampers with your car. To communicate the fact that your car is secured, you should put the security system sticker on your window. This makes your car way less appealing as a subject to robbery. If you don’t have the money to spend on a security system at the moment, you can always use a dummy sticker on your window that claims there is a security system in your car, when in reality there isn’t. Thieves won’t be able to tell the difference.
You might want to tint your windows
Tinting your windows further limits visibility inside of your vehicle, so thieves can’t peek in quickly. If you want to tint your windows, just make sure not to tint them too dark, because each state has its own tinting limit. You don’t want to get a ticket for trying to make your car more safe in the first place.
Your car is important to you, and so are your valuables. We don’t want you to be the next victim of a robbery, especially since there are simple steps you can take to protect yourself from the misfortune. Stay safe, and take care of your hard-earned belongings.