For years I was a block captain on our Neighborhood Watch committee. We met several times during the year, kept an eye on things and, occasionally, reported suspicious behavior to our neighborhood contact officer. For the most part our neighborhood is relatively crime free. We are very fortunate in that respect. But sometimes crime does happen.
In one of the classes our police department gave us they touched on automobile theft. It is one of the more common crimes, but a few simple tricks can help you avoid being a target.
First - Always lock your car!
Second - Keep it clean!
Why does a clean car matter? Well I'm going to tell you.
Criminals look for cars that are easy to get into and look like they have something valuable in them. Having a bunch of garbage and clutter strewn about inside is an invitation for a thief to want to bust in and look for valuables.
Coats, jackets, hoodies, gym or duffle bags all have pockets and potential money or something of value stuck inside. Shopping bags and boxes, even empty ones are just too good to pass up.
|Not so tempting|
Also, a dirty car filled with trash leads a thief to believe you don't really care about your vehicle, therefore you are less likely to have your car armed with an alarm system. On the other hand, a clean car may suggest you care and have set the alarm. Thieves don't want to risk attracting attention by setting off an alarm.
Remove everything from inside, stash CDs in compartments so they are out of sight (I personally only have copied CDs in my vehicle, in a case, out of sight). Don't leave any electronics in your car. Not even an MP3 player or your cell phone.
|Lock it up!|
The thing is, if they look in your car and see there is nothing in it they will be much more likely to move along to the next one.
Although nothing is 100% fool proof, anything I can do to avoid being a victim suits me just fine.