If your vehicle is missing, one of the first questions a police officer will ask is whether you have all the keys. Many people make the mistake of hiding a spare key under the wheel-well or some other place under their car.
The problem is, just like hiding a key under your front doorstep, criminals have caught on to this trick. Getting locked out of your car is inconvenient, but can’t be compared with the hassle you’ll go through if your car is stolen. Also, if you have given a spare car key to someone who no longer needs it, ask for it back immediately.
How do you keep people from smashing a window and stealing your stereo, or your whole car altogether?
Secure your vehicle.
Whenever you park your car, even in your own driveway, close and lock the windows/doors to help prevent car theft. This seems like a basic security tactic, but we all know how easy it is to become complacent.
Although it makes the first moments you enter your car uncomfortable, resist the temptation to leave windows cracked, even when the weather is hot. If there’s a teenage driver in your household, pass this valuable car theft prevention tip along.