How to Prevent Your Car From Getting Broken Into

Homeowner Tips

If you’ve ever left your car unlocked, you know how easy it is for thieves to break in.

They can open your door, reach into the glove box, and take all sorts of valuables. Thankfully, there are some simple steps that will help keep your car safe from thieves who want to break in–and they won’t cost much at all!


Don’t leave you car unlocked!


Don’t leave valuables lying around in your car.

Don’t leave valuables in your glove box or center console, which are easily accessible to a thief and are often placed on the passenger seat so they can be easily seen by passersby.

Don’t keep valuables in the trunk of your vehicle, where they’re more difficult for others to see but still vulnerable to break-ins and theft.


Don’t leave your car running unattended.

Most people don’t think much about leaving their car running. But if you do, it’s an open invitation to thieves. The most common way of stealing a car is by waiting until the driver leaves their keys in the ignition and then turning on the ignition and driving off with it.

When you leave your car running, it can get stolen or broken into by someone who wants to vandalize it (think: slashing tires). This can also happen when you’re at home; if thieves see that there are valuables in your vehicle, they may break into it looking for them.


Try not to park in dark or secluded areas, and always park as close to your destination as possible.

Instead, try to park near other cars and in well-lit areas. You should also try to park as close as possible to your destination so that you can see if anyone is trying to break into your car when you leave it.


Remove any accessories that could make your car look nice for thieves.

It’s always a good idea to remove any accessories or add-ons that make your car look nice for thieves. These include things like wheels, mirrors, bumpers and even interior decorations. If you’re worried about the aesthetic of your car, consider removing these items when you park at home or work where there is regular surveillance.

Similarly, don’t leave valuables lying around in your vehicle—this includes phones, laptops and other electronics as well as money or credit cards. Even if it’s just for a few minutes while running into a store for one thing or another, don’t take anything with you that might tempt someone passing by who knows what they’re doing (and those people are everywhere nowadays).


Keep your dome light off at night.

There’s a lot of reasons why you should keep your dome light off at night, but the most important one is that it makes your car an easy target for would-be thieves. Thieves have an easier time spotting your car in a dark parking lot if they can see inside it, and if they see that you’re still out of the vehicle and trying to get organized (or even just distracted by something else), they’ll have an even easier time breaking into it. The dome light can also be used as a distraction tactic—if someone sees you walking towards the car and wants to break in while you’re out, he or she might turn on the dome light as a way to distract you while he/she sneaks over to break in through one of those windows right next to where your keys are hanging up inside!


Engrave your VIN number on some important parts of your car.

You can engrave the VIN number, or vehicle identification number, on your car’s driver’s side door jamb. This is part of the information that is needed by police if a car is stolen. The VIN is also useful for people who want to find out more about how many miles are on their car or how old it really is. If you want to do this yourself, make sure that you know where the VIN number is located before getting started. It will be found either in the glove compartment or under the hood of your car.

You may also consider putting some kind of sticker with contact information inside your windshield so that if someone breaks into your vehicle and steals something important like an iPhone or laptop computer, then there will be some way for them to get back in touch with whoever owns those things without having access to any personal information like credit card numbers!


Be smart about how and where you park.
  •  Park in well-lit areas.
  • Park near a security camera.
  • Park in a garage, if possible.
  • If you park near an emergency service building, they may have security cameras and/or alarms that will scare off potential criminals.

It’s important to remember that you can’t prevent every theft, but if you’re smart about it and follow our advice, your chances of getting broken into will definitely go down.