An innocuous stop at a grocery store or coffee shop can make one vulnerable to a smash-and-grab car break-in – a type of criminal activity that has been on the rise. Even if you plan to leave your vehicle unattended for just a few short moments, we recommend following these steps to help prevent theft.
- First and foremost, lock your doors. We know it sounds obvious. This simple step can be enough of a deterrent for lazy criminals to pass on your vehicle.
- Despite how high Texas temperatures may rise, roll up your windows and close your sunroofs. Even a crack could provide enough of an invitation to a motivated thief.
- Do not leave personal belongings in clear view. Criminals are incentivized by the sight of these commonly stolen items: Cash and coins, purses and backpacks, shopping bags, firearms, jewelry, keys, electronic devices, as well as important documents.
- Take personal belongings with you. We realize this safety tip can be tricky to navigate because it’s not always an option to remove some items. So, if personal belongings must remain in your vehicle, they should be concealed. Place them in a locked glove compartment, closed console storage area, or trunk. The latter is typically the best option due to its size and inaccessibility. We recommend transferring shopping bags and valuables to your trunk prior to arriving at your destination.
- Park smart. Well-lit areas in view of surveillance cameras are the safest option.