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3 Cheap Ways to Keep Your Car Safe


Keeping our vehicles safe is a real priority for us. We invest a lot of money in the vehicles themselves, as well as in their contents. The electronic devices and other valuables kept inside are usually much harder to replace than the car itself. Whatever your priorities are, follow these three tips for keeping your car safe–without spending a lot of money.

Conceal Valuables

Thieves typically don’t choose cars at random. They peek through the window to “case” it out, and if they see anything valuable, they break a window and quickly grab the items. The less they can see, the lower the chances that they’ll attempt to get into your car.

Slide purses, checkbooks, cash, wallets, and other financial targets under the seat when you leave, along with any other valuables that can catch a thief’s eye. When shopping, store your purchases in the trunk or, in vans and SUV’s, at least cover them up with a blanket, coat, or other suitable item.

Lock the Doors

Believe it or not, many people just don’t lock their doors. They blame their own forgetfulness, saying they are afraid they’ll leave the keys inside, or they simply don’t think they can be a target of a thief. Whatever the rationalization you may use, set it aside. If you think you’ll lock your keys inside, get the number of a good auto locksmith and store it in your phone. If you don’t think you’re likely to fall victim, read a few stats on car break-ins.

Locking your doors is the best way to deter thieves, and your insurance may not cover losses if the doors were not locked. Never hesitate to take this simple but critical step to provide greater safety for your vehicle.

Park Wisely

Thieves dislike visibility as much as they dislike locked doors. We often have lots of options about where to park at home, work, school, or elsewhere. Some drivers prioritize distance or shade when choosing a parking space, without giving enough consideration to the opportunity it creates for thieves.

Park near lights and, if possible, away from other vehicles. Remember that a thief can hide behind one car while breaking into another. In that same vein, avoid parking near dumpsters, large hedges, or other obstructions that can make shelter for a thief.

Protecting your car can be just as easy as driving, but you need to be attentive to security at all times. Soon enough, it will become second nature, like checking your blind spot or dimming for oncoming traffic. Make those security changes to protect your car and your belongings.

Lizzie Weakley is a freelance writer from Columbus, Ohio. In her free time, she enjoys the outdoors and walks in the park with her three-year-old husky, Snowball.

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