Much advancement in technology has been made to prevent car theft. Most high-end luxury vehicles are equipped with alarms, and anti-theft devices, that make them very difficult to steal without keys. They also have keys which cannot be duplicated.
However steal your keys and a thief has the complete access to your vehicle. Thieves are actually breaking into homes just to steal your vehicles keys. This is happening because most people leave their vehicle keys by the front door of their home. While providing easy access for the vehicle owner it also allows easy access for car thieves.
Targeting You At Home
Organized gangs of thieves study neighbourhoods that have high-end luxury vehicles. They might drive around looking at target vehicles that are parking in driveways. Another popular method of targeting cars is to follow the target vehicle home from an expensive restaurant. Your vehicle is not stolen immediately. They study and collect information on you to enable them to steal your vehicle as quickly and easily as possible at a later time.
A member of the gang comes to your door and looks through the windows to see if you leave your keys by the front door. They might pretend to be a door to door salesman, and ring the door bell. When you open the door they get a chance to look inside to see if there is a key holder, or a basket with keys by the front door.
If you are gardening and your front door is unlocked the thief might just sneak in and steal your car keys. Thieves have been known to insert a long pole with a magnet through the mail slot and remove your keys.
While these methods are innovative most car thefts occur while the home owner is sleeping. Car thieves kick in your front door or break your home’s front window, grab the car keys, open the garage door and drive off with your vehicle. The entire theft occurs in a matter of seconds.
Preventing Vehicle Theft
- Always lock your vehicle, even while in your driveway. Keep your windows rolled up.
- Park the vehicle in a locked garage whenever possible.
- Never leave your vehicle running while unattended. If you need to warm up your vehicle, install a remote starter.
- Never leave your keys in the vehicle. Do not keep a spare key hidden in your vehicle, or in your wallet.
- Maintain control of your vehicle keys at all times. Do not store them in a visible place when at home or at work such as a key holder, a basket of keys, in a hallway drawer. Keep your keys in your bedroom night stand.
- If you hang your coat in a common area of a public place (a restaurant or hair stylist for example) your car keys and other valuable should not be left in your coat.
- Always secure your home's doors and windows.
- If your home is equipped with a security system, activate it whenever possible but especially when away from the home or retiring for the night.
- Evaluate and upgrade your home's exterior lighting if necessary. Install motion sensors and lighting.
- Be aware of suspicious persons and vehicles in your neighbourhood and report suspicious activities to police, including licence plate information and suspect description, immediately.
- Vehicle owners may also wish to consider installing one of the many vehicle-tracking systems available on the market.
- Record the serial number of all electronic items that you have in your vehicle such as your GSP, stereo. If the police recover your stolen items they need that information to return them to you.