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Protect Your Vehicle from Theft and Vandalism During the Holidays by Following These 5 Tips

Protect Your Vehicle from Theft and Vandalism During the Holidays by Following These 5 Tips

Protect Your Vehicle from Theft and Vandalism During the Holidays Holidays are one of the best times for thieves to steal cars or break into them to get the expensive presents that you have purchased for your friends and family. That’s why people who drive to shopping centers and malls for holiday shopping should take extra care to protect their vehicles.

Follow these 5 tips to protect your vehicle from theft and vandalism during the holidays:

1. Lock Your Vehicle
This is the most important and obvious thing to remember. Thieves always look for the easiest target and an unlocked vehicle makes their job easier. Parking lots are crowded during the holiday season which presents thieves with the perfect opportunity to blend in and steal a car. Don’t forget to close your vehicle’s windows completely as well because even a slight crack is enough for a thief to gain access and steal your vehicle. If you have pets, then it is recommended that you don’t bring them with you when you go out for holiday shopping. If there are no pets in your car, then you won’t have any need to leave your windows open.

2. Park Near Lights
Security experts agree that the nearer a vehicle is parked to an overhead light the less chances there are of it being stolen. When you go out for holiday shopping, it is recommended that you find a parking space as close to the store entrance as possible. Also try to park the vehicle under a light, if it’s dark. It is also recommended that you pay close attention to your surroundings when you are parking. Don’t park next to SUVs or large vans as they can give a thief privacy.

3. Hide Your Gifts
To deter thieves from stealing your vehicle, make sure to never leave gifts and other valuables in the vehicle where they can be easily seen. This is because if a criminal sees something valuable in your vehicle as he passes by, he will be tempted to target you. Especially during the holiday season, vehicles full of expensive gifts are the primary targets of thieves. You should store the gifts and other valuables in the trunk of the car. You can also hide smaller gifts under the seats or in a locked glove compartment.

4. Park the Vehicle with Wheels Turned to the Side
Car thieves often use tow trucks to steal cars. You can prevent this by making sure that your vehicle is tough to tow away. When parking the vehicle, be sure that its wheels are turned to the side in the parking lot so that it can only be towed from the front.

5. Pay Attention to Your Surroundings
You can easily prevent carjacking by paying attention to your surroundings. You should always be on guard because criminals rely on the element of surprise. Look around at your surroundings when you are stopped at a red light. It is recommended that you leave enough room between your vehicle and the vehicle in front of you, in case you need to exit the traffic lane quickly.

Dib’s Safe & Lock Service in San Bernardino is a locally-owned, family run business with over 90 years experience proudly offering lock, safe, and key, services to residential and business customers in San Bernardino County, Riverside, and the surrounding areas in Inland Empire. If you have questions changing door locks, or lock and key service of any type, give Dib’s a call today at (909) 885-0452.

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