Preventing Car Thefts and Thefts From Vehicles

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Preventing Car Thefts and Thefts From Vehicles


Officer Kim Jones of the Montgomery County Police Department in Maryland provided this advice.

During the time period between 07/28/19 to 08/03/19, we have seen an increase in the number of car thefts and thefts from vehicles in the 6th District.  Most motorists don’t think about car theft prevention until it’s too late. But the fact is, learning how to prevent a car theft and thefts from your car is simple.  So, if you don’t want a criminal sitting behind the wheel of your car or taking your stuff you need to remember the following:


1. Lock your vehicle

Let’s not make it easy for criminals.  Whenever you park your car (even in your own driveway) close and lock the windows/doors/sunroof to help prevent car theft and theft from vehicle. Resist the temptation to leave windows cracked during the summer.


2. Don’t keep valuables in your vehicle

An iPad, purse, or even loose change in plain view is eye-candy to a criminal. Criminals will smash a window to take anything of value. If you absolutely must leave a valuable item in your car, put it in the trunk. However, your safest bet is thinking ahead and leaving valuables at home.


3. Use an anti-theft device

Thieves are looking for an easy target, one they can conquer quickly without drawing attention to themselves. Equipping your vehicle with an alarm system is only half the battle, you must take the next step and activate it after locking your vehicle. 


4. Don’t leave your car running

Never leave your car unattended if it's running.  Leaving your car running not only invites theft, it’s also illegal. If you’re not behind the wheel, turn your vehicle off.


5. Keep track of your keys

Many people make the mistake of hiding a spare key under the wheel-well or some other place under their car.  Some motorist have spear car and house keys in their cars’ glove box/arm rest area.  Criminals have caught on to this and will steal your car and burglarize your home.  Also, if you have given a spare car key to someone who no longer needs it, ask for it back immediately.  Also, take your key fob with you. 


6. Park intelligently

Parking in a well-lit area will help deter criminals.  Also, parking close to building entrances and near parking lot security cameras adds extra layers of protection.


7. Take advantage of a tech-based auto recovery tool

If despite your best efforts the worst happens, employing an auto-theft recovery tool could help you get your car back before it’s ruined. These systems use GPS technology to pinpoint your vehicle and transmit that information to us.


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Sally K. & David L. Hanson
EXP Realty 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce

Gtreat to be n the habit of always locking your car

Aug 11, 2019 02:02 AM #1
Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400
The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803 - Plainview, NY
Long Island Home and Condo Specialists

Roy, Good message you have provided here this morning.  I agree that locking the car doors should be done before leaving it.

Aug 11, 2019 04:12 AM #2
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team

Good morning, Roy Kelley wonderful list of points to remember to avoid a car theft.... I'd be very unhappy about that!!

Aug 11, 2019 04:36 AM #3
Sham Reddy CRS
H E R Realty, Dayton, OH - Dayton, OH

That's the best way to give someone passport to steal!!!

Never leave your car unattended if it's running.  Leaving your car running not only invites theft, it’s also illegal. If you’re not behind the wheel, turn your vehicle off.

Aug 11, 2019 04:58 AM #5
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

These are great tips, I would be very sad if I came out of a store or something and my vehicle was gone.

Aug 11, 2019 06:23 AM #6
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Roy. Gone are the days when you could leave your car unlocked and the windows down! Enjoy your day 

Aug 11, 2019 06:30 AM #7
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Good morning, Roy - simple protection works well.  Don't be an easy target.  

Aug 11, 2019 06:38 AM #8
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


These are simple common sense tips to make sure your car is not stolen.  There was a time when we left keys in the car in the driveway...A

Aug 11, 2019 06:40 AM #9
Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

Good morning, Roy. Items #1, 2, 4, and 6 are such common sense it's almost amazing it still needs to be mentioned. Since I've only ever lived in huge or large cities, basic car protection sense was always part of the equation... but I can see how people who are from less populated areas would ignore some of the security measures.

Aug 11, 2019 07:53 AM #10
Michele Cadogan-Cell 917-861-9166
Fillmore Real Estate 2990 Av U, Bklyn , NY 11229 - Brooklyn, NY
Licensed Real Estate Associate Broker -

#2 . #4 and #5   -   Most of the time when there is a car stolen with an infant or young  child in the backseat you hear that the parent  left the key in the ignition and the engine running.  

Aug 11, 2019 11:24 AM #12
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

Those are all important preventative measures to car theft.  I was just reading our local NextDoor this morning.  And, a car was burglarized a few blocks from my home.  And, no, the owner had not locked the vehicle parked in his driveway.

Aug 11, 2019 01:48 PM #13
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Good advice Roy!!!  We have also had those expensive wheels being stolen from cars as well. 

Aug 11, 2019 05:49 PM #16
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Thanks so much for your feedback. It is always good to hear from you.

Aug 12, 2019 05:39 AM #18
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