Should you care what motivates a car thief? If you want to keep possession of your high end vehicle, as well as any possessions inside that vehicle, the answer is a resounding, “yes!”. Cars are stolen on a daily basis here in Houston, and what is even more upsetting is that these offenses happen right under our noses, in broad daylight, and it only takes 20 seconds!
The most frequent story we hear from our customers goes something like this:
I left the car for just a minute to run inside to (return the video). When I came back out… the window was smashed and my purse was gone!
For a professional car thief, your “just a minute” is plenty of time to break in, steal your purse or whatever else looks cool to swipe.
It takes only seconds for a thief to get away with your valuables once you’ve been targeted. Commonly, thieves will target someone who looks to be dressed for work, getting out of their car and walking away without a briefcase, purse or laptop bag. A good tip is when you’re going to be making stops before and after work, lock these items up in the trunk…but do so out of plain sight and before you get to where your going. There is a trunk release inside the car that a thief could easily pop if they see you put something back there. Remember, most of these releases are lockable with your key!
Gas stations, dry cleaners and other “quick stop” places are common hangouts for curious and watching eyes. Also, moms picking up kids from after school activities are a frequent target that we hear about.
In spite of their brazenness of committing crimes in broad daylight, there are things you can do to deter someone from trying to steal your car or your stuff. Here are a few things to consider:
Taking some of these precautions and using good common sense can at least take a step towards protecting your car and valuables.