Vehicle Theft Prevention Tips

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Vehicle Theft Prevention Tips


We are all excited about getting back to some form of normalcy.  However, vehicle thefts have been trending upward recently, due to vehicle owners leaving their key fobs in their cars! With so much else going on in our lives, it’s easy to get lax about things like locking your car door.  But one thing is for sure—criminals aren’t taking a break. There are some things that you can do when it comes to protecting your vehicle and its contents.

  1. Make your car a less attractive target.

We all have some bad habits we need to break to keep our vehicles from becoming a beacon for thieves. 

  • Lock your doors. Whether you are heading into class, grocery shopping, or just running into the gas station for a quick snack, make it a habit to lock your doors every time that you leave your vehicle. At the same time (if you don’t have keyless entry), make it a habit to check that your keys are always on you as well.
  • Keep your windows rolled up all the way. Perhaps you can’t imagine someone unlocking your car with just a few inches of space, but they can.

Don’t use your car as storage or leave attractive/expensive items out in full view. We’ve all left something out in the open that would attract a passerby with criminal intent. Students leave laptop bags across the backseat, kids leave devices where they sat, and sometimes we’ve been guilty of leaving purses and wallets out in the open.  Locking your doors is just the first step in keeping your car and contents safe.  Make sure you tuck any attractive items under the seats, in the glove compartment, or in the trunk to keep your car from becoming an easy target.


  1. Park smarter.

Think twice before you park your vehicle in a neighborhood or on a side street you aren’t familiar with. And park in well-lit areas.  Even if you live or park in a nice neighborhood, know that break-ins can happen anywhere. That said, it is safer to park your car in a garage than out on the driveway or a street.


  1. Invest in anti-theft technology.

 Anti-theft devices can either come from the dealership (in the case of a new car) or be added later.


  1. Keep current on motor vehicle theft trends—like keyless car theft.
  • Turn off the wireless signal (refer to your vehicle’s instruction manual to determine if this is possible and how to do it)
  • Store your key fobs in your home away from the edge of the house
  • Reprogram your key fobs if they are for a used vehicle




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This advice was posted by Officer Kim Jones of the Montgomery County Police Department in Maryland.


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Comments (15)

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

Sound advice Roy. These are all good tips. Locking your car doors is definitely the first step to take!

Jun 26, 2021 03:41 AM
Bill Salvatore - East Valley
Arizona Elite Properties - Chandler, AZ
Realtor - 602-999-0952 / em:


Very good advise, great post, thanks for sharing.  Enjoy the weekend.  Bill Salvatore

Jun 26, 2021 04:58 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Excellent tips, Roy... and much of this is common sense... always amazes me how many people don't pay attention to common sense tips.

Jun 26, 2021 05:37 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Roy, it always amazes me that people leave their car unlocked, and leave valuables in plain site.

Jun 26, 2021 06:26 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello Ray and thanks for all the tips, we are seeing a increase in theft of cars or parts of cars being taken at night.


Jun 26, 2021 08:30 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Good afternoon Roy,

Like Nina Hollander, Broker stated this is all common sense...When we moved to Napa from Los Angeles, we locked our cars.  Very few locals did.  A

Jun 26, 2021 09:50 AM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Retired Home Stager/Redesign

Hi Roy- we've seen an increase in crime lately and something that they're taking are catalytic converters. 

Jun 26, 2021 02:07 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

Here in the Sacramento region, we have a problem with catalytic converter theft.  I nearly always park my car in the garage.  However, those who don't often fall prey.

Jun 26, 2021 04:48 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

CONGRATULATIONS Roy, on having this blog FEATURED in the PHOTOS group!

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Jun 26, 2021 04:56 PM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Myrl Jeffcoat 

Thank you very much for your feature recognition. It is much appreciated.

Jun 27, 2021 09:19 AM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very much for your comments. It is always good to hear from you.

Jun 27, 2021 09:38 AM