Vehicle thefts and car break-ins are rising throughout San Antonio, and local law enforcement officials encourage residents to be vigilant. In 2021, thefts of vehicles in city limits rose 17 percent, and car break-ins increased six percent compared to the last year. It’s an unfortunate truth, but it is now more important than ever to take precautions to protect your vehicle. Auto theft is a popular and lucrative crime. The theft of one’s vehicle leaves hardworking people without transportation, results in the loss of personal items and information stored in your car, and almost always causes a problematic financial situation. So, what can be done to prevent or lessen the chances of your car being broken into or stolen? Here are five proven ways prevent car theft:
Five tips to help prevent car theft
While car thefts and break-ins occur throughout the city, they are most prevalent at malls, entertainment venues, and hotels near shopping centers. Anywhere that there is a concentration of vehicles unattended is an area prone to auto theft. Car break-ins are a crime of opportunity, and taking certain precautions is now more critical than ever.
Be wary of where you park, especially at night: Try to find a parking space as close to the entrance of the building as possible. Park your vehicle around other cars and avoid desolate areas in large parking lots. In the evening, park in a well-lit area to deter car thieves.
Keep your keys safe: Keep your spare keys at home, at the office, or with a family member. Make sure not to attach a spare key to the underside of your vehicle, and keep in mind that car thieves know exactly where to look.
Block signals: Relay theft is a method thieves use to steal cars with keyless entry by tricking your vehicle into thinking your keys are physically present. Consider investing in a Faraday pouch that shields its contents from static electric fields and protects the items inside.
Invest in the right technology: Most modern cars come fitted with alarms and immobilizers as a part of standard settings, but thieves manage to keep pace with technology. Good old-fashioned security devices can still be effective in deterring criminals. And, remember that steering wheel, pedal, and gear stick locks are inexpensive ways to deter thieves. Don’t rule out tracking devices or CCTV systems that can be fitted near your car and help track down your vehicle should it be taken.
- Lock your vehicle: The smoother locking mechanisms on modern cars can make it difficult to hear if your doors are protected. Failing to lock your vehicle’s doors is an invitation for thieves and dramatically increases the chance of theft. Double-check that your car is locked before leaving, even if you just step away for a few minutes.
BPS Security is committed to keeping the community safe, that is why we are teaching a few tips to prevent car theft. Protecting homes and businesses is written into our mission statement as we are continuously focused on re-writing the security industry standards of customer care. Our security experts provide quality, consistent service by integrating technology and personal attention. This level of detail is essential when it comes to eliminating common challenges.
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