Next to your home, your car is probably the next place you spend most of your time in and like your house, your car can get broken into. Cars get stolen and broken into on a regular basis and there are almost no security systems that can stop a determined thief. Often thieves are tempted by what some carless people leave inside their cars and in plain sight.
Even with todays advanced car security features there is no guarantee that your car won’t be broken into. Criminals are now using scanner devices to pop some factory-made electronic locks in seconds. The devices use technology for keyless car entry, which drivers typically use for easy one-click access to their vehicle or to prevent getting locked out. Most of these devices are available on the internet and don’t cost that much.
So, what can you do to minimize your exposure should your car get broken into? Well some of the most effective things are the most obvious.
Try locking your vehicle no matter where you leave it. You still ready stories or hear of people whose car was stolen because they left it unlocked and running while they ran somewhere and were coming right back. Hopefully most people have more sense than that.
Don’t leave things in plain sight. Things like navigation systems and other electronic devices and adaptors should be hidden when you leave the car.
Put your shopping bags in the trunk. Take the extra time to open the trunk and put your bags in there.
Your car insurance comprehensive coverage covers you if your vehicle is stolen. But this gets trickier when it comes to car break-ins. In the case of break-in, comprehensive coverage only applies to permanent parts of your vehicle like your car window, locks or catalytic converter that are stolen or damaged in the incident.
So that makes it extra important to make sure that you take extra precautions about what you leave in your car.