Out of concern for personal security and car theft, it’s not uncommon for car owners to take heed when parking their cars in an undesirable neighborhood, dark alleyway or even a parking garage. However, most of us don’t think twice about parking a vehicle in front of our own home and many would be shocked to find that stealing an automobile right out of someone’s driveway is shockingly, very common.
While many people have a garage, some folks have to park outside. As temperatures drop during the winter months, the caveat to parking outside means having to allow extra time for your vehicle to warm up. It’s widely practiced to warm up your car while you finish getting ready, but what seems to be an obvious decision is not always the best choice.
While some car thieves lurk in large parking garages or wait until the middle of the night to hotwire a car, some prefer help from the owner. Warming up our cars seems to be a harmless act, but leaving the keys in the ignition, the car unattended and unlocked is an open invitation for a thief to easily hop in your car and drive away.
So what can you do if you have to park outside? Follow these helpful car security tips from Security Systems of America and start protecting your vehicles from car theft.
Be smart. A car is stolen every 43 seconds in the U.S., don’t be a victim to car theft. Don’t leave your keys in the ignition and always be aware of the personal belongings you leave car.