Not only is vandalism to your car frustrating and even scary, but it can cause a lot of damage to your vehicle. Often, vandals break your auto glass in order to gain access to your car. Though you can’t eliminate the chances of a break in, there are ways you can reduce them:
Get friendly with neighbors
Your neighbors could be your best defense against would-be thieves. If a thief attempts to break into your car while you’re asleep or away from home, a wary neighbor could intervene and alert the authorities. If you’re not friendly with your neighbors, however, they may feel less inclined to take action.
Watch where you park
Generally speaking, vandals tend to target cars that are parked far away from potential witnesses. Therefore, you should always try to park your vehicle in a well-lit area that has plenty of foot traffic. If you can’t find a parking space that meets these requirements, you should use common sense.
Don’t leave valuable items
Most vandals don’t break into cars unless they know there’s something worth stealing—i.e. a laptop, an iPod, or jewelry. That’s why you should never leave valuable items unattended in your car. If it’s simply not practical for you to take your valuable items every time you leave your car, you should at least cover them or place them in the trunk.
Install tinted windows
Another way to deter thieves is to make the interior of your vehicle invisible with tinted windows—that way, they won’t be able to tell whether or not you have valuable items inside. Tinted windows are also great for protecting your skin and your vehicle’s interior from harmful UV rays.
If should be unlucky enough to suffer a break in, don’t hesitate to contact Glass on the Move. We’re happy to provide mobile, same-day service to many of our clients throughout Alameda and Contra Costa Counties. Don’t let a busted window get you down—call us today at (510) 338-4791.