With vehicle crimes on the increase in many areas, the Automobile Club of Southern California recommends drivers lock up their vehicles as well as their valuables to keep cars from being broken into or even stolen.
“Simple precautions can keep electronics as well as vehicles from being taken,” said David Womble, one of the Auto Club’s group managers for claims.
The Auto Club’s top tips to help prevent vehicle burglary and vehicle theft are:
• Always close the windows and lock the vehicle. Never leave valuables inside the car, especially not in clear view, including small electronics, wallets, checkbooks, credit cards, personal paperwork or any personal identification.
• Take electronics and personal items into the home or office whenever possible.
• Use anti-theft or automatic tracking devices. If a vehicle wasn’t equipped with an alarm or hidden tracking device when purchased, have one installed.
• Never leave the keys in a vehicle, even at a gas station.
• Park a vehicle in a well-lighted area at night. Don’t leave it in a high-crime area.
• Never hide a spare ignition key in the vehicle. Remove keys from under floor mats and sun visors.
• Whenever possible, park the vehicle in a secure garage.
• Never leave the vehicle running while unattended. This includes the driveway, while picking up friends or while at a gas station, grocery store or shopping mall.