car-theft-lockKeeping your car safe means that you need to do what you can to prevent your car from getting stolen. There are a lot of ways to do this, from having a good security system to parking your car in the garage at night. Let’s take a look at some tips from the pros.

Don’t Leave Valuables

One of the biggest reasons that cars get stolen, or even broken into, is because there is something valuable inside. Make sure that you remove anything that could be of value, before you leave the car.

In fact, it’s a good idea to move these things out of sight before you get where you are going. If someone sees you place your shopping bags in the trunk when you get to the next store, they’re going to know where to look. Some of the items that are popular for thieves include MP3 players, packages, money, and GPS units.

Park Somewhere Safe

Make sure that you’re not parking in the middle of nowhere, on a street with no lights. The more well-lit the area you part, the less likely you are to have your car broken into. Parking ramps that are well-lit and have security cameras are an ok option for parking, whereas those with no cameras or that aren’t lit well should be avoided. However, the best option is to park somewhere that will deter potential thieves, such as inside a home garage or in an area that has a lot of activity.

Don’t Leave the Keys

It’s tempting to leave the keys in the ignition and the car running, if you’re going to just be a moment. However, this is an open invitation for those who are considering breaking into your car. If you leave the keys in the ignition, they are able to steal the car much easier. When the car is still running, you make it that much more simple for them. Whether you’re going to be five minutes or thirty seconds, don’t leave the keys in the car. In addition to this, taking the keys out of the ignition, but placing them somewhere else in the car, such as the glove compartment, is also a bad idea.

Install Theft Protection

There are a number of theft protection devices. It’s a good idea to have one of these installed. They will help deter potential thieves from breaking into your car. There are a number of options, including alarms, tire locks, and steering wheel collars. In addition to these, having higher tech devices, such as kill switches, smart keys, and ignition disablers can help you keep your car safe. These can keep thieves from hot wiring the car.

There are several ways you can help keep your car safe, no matter where you’re driving. However, it’s important to take an active role in the safety of your vehicle. Ensure that you’re being careful about where you park and the items that are on display from within the car, and you should stay safe.