No Unattended Vehicles
The key to outsmarting a thief or any criminal is give them as few chances to take advantage of you as possible. That mainly means don’t leave an unlock vehicle unattended. There are additional ways to keep your car safe and sound, even while locked, that will ensure an unattended vehicle isn’t quite so stranded and vulnerable. For example, try not to park in overly isolated areas, especially ones that aren't well lit. Specifically avoid reducing the visibility of your vehicle anywhere you park, i.e. behind large walls, and other obstructions. Criminals don’t want to be visible as they try and break into your car, so putting your car in a busy area first is the best step toward comprehensive security for your vehicle.
Don’t Leave the Car Running
Even if you’re stepping away from the vehicle for only a couple of seconds, just don’t leave the car running. It’s the very first rule you should follow if you don’t want your car stolen, but it’s also a pretty self-evident rule. Don’t give any criminal an opportunity to take advantage of you. Don’t leave the car running when you’re not in it, with the doors locked.
Roll Up Your Windows
This may seem obvious, but it’s an easy rule to forget if you have a black interior in your vehicle and those hot Philadelphia summers are getting to you. It’s rather pointless to both locking your doors if you’re going to leave your windows down while you “just pop into the store.” A thief can easily and discreetly slip their hand through the window, or a tool if the window is just cracked, pop the lock, climb in and take off with your vehicle. The best way to avoid this is just sweat a little bit more and roll up your windows. Your car might heat up fast, but not as fast as your heart will start beating once you realize that you only form of transportation has just been taken in a huge city. Personally, we’d rather be a little uncomfortable in the temperature, than have to file a police report after a long day.
Invest in Better Vehicle Locks
Keeping your vehicle up-to-date with better locking mechanisms and better key-to-lock systems is probably the easiest way to keep your vehicle. Installing a more fool-proof ignition and making sure the locking mechanisms on every door is properly maintained is both more affordable than a new car and much more affordable than trying to pay for a monthly security system for your vehicle like OnStar. Turn to the best auto locksmith in town to get your automotive totally secure.