It’s no surprise that with the increase in technology, our cars are becoming smarter. Everything from autonomous parking to actually driving without an operator has been researched and implemented to some capacity. With our toys getting more advanced, however, we put ourselves at risk of danger in ways we usually don’t even think about. Take a minute to get a mental inventory of what is in your vehicle. Now imagine this situation:
A person decides to break into your car. Ordinarily, you would think they would take whatever valuables that they may find in there—an iPod, perhaps a GPS unit. What if they instead decided to steal your entire automobile, hitting the “home” button on your GPS to go directly where the rest of your belongings are? What if that person clicked your garage door opener, allowing direct access into your home? It is a very scary situation to play out, and it is scarier because it is actually happening. With smarter toys come smarter criminals, and it is important for you to do your best to make sure that you are not putting yourself at any risk that is unnecessary.
There is no way to guarantee that your car will not be broken into, but there are measures you can take to make your vehicle less likely of falling victim. Keep any valuables hidden from view. If you have hot items sitting out, it gives criminals more incentive to bust your window out—they know these objects are in the vehicle, after all. You could place these items in the glove compartment, in the trunk, or perhaps you can invest in a small car safe that can go under your seat to provide added protection.
If you have a GPS system in particular, do not leave this sitting out. The best option is to take it with you when you leave the vehicle. If you must leave it in your car, make sure not only the unit itself, but the charging cord and mount are also hidden from view. Put any garage door openers in the glove compartment as well. This may be less convenient when you get home, but certainly more convenient than having to go through the stress of a dangerous break in. If you have an entrance to your home through the garage, do not leave that door unlocked assuming that it is inaccessible. Accidentally dropping and leaving that garage door remote on the ground outside could have devastating consequences.
We all assume that these things will “never happen to us,” but there’s no reason to take that risk. By taking just a few additional precautions, you can reduce the likelihood of finding yourself in a very unsafe or unfortunate situation. You’ll thank yourself later!