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3 Tips for Preventing Smash-and-Grab Car Break Ins

March 27, 2017

There’s no feeling in the world quite like heading out to your car—ready to start the day or head home—only to find the ground and your driver’s seat littered with shattered glass. These “Detroit diamonds” (and the scattered paperwork, empty glove compartment, and stolen electronics) always mean the same thing: someone broke into your car.

Car break-ins are common in Seattle; they take just a few seconds and thieves can hit dozens of cars in a single night without getting seen. They rarely leave evidence and even if they do, the police are usually too swamped to do much about it. The owner of the vehicle is stuck cleaning up the mess and getting it repaired.

While you can’t completely prevent a smash-and-grab, there are a few steps you can take to make your vehicle less appealing.

Ways to Prevent Car Break-Ins

  • Don’t keep anything in your car. Lots of people like to keep things in their back seat or hatch, but anything that’s visible will act as bait for a thief. If your car is free of anything that they can steal—including electronics—you likely won’t be a target.
    Stow everything (even if you don’t think it would be worth stealing) in the trunk, glove compartment, or in the seat pockets and never leave bags in the car. Thieves bank on the chance that a bag may contain something valuable; they’re willing to risk getting caught, even if it turns out that the only thing in that bag is your gym socks.
  • Invest in a security system that’s visible. If a thief can see that there’s a blinking light, sticker, or another indicator that your car is going to be especially loud or alarming when they smash the window, they’re much more likely to move on to the next one.
  • Cover it at night. If you park in an exposed carport, driveway, or lot overnight, cover your car. The added time that it takes for a thief to look under the cover to determine if there’s anything of worth in there—not to mention the time it takes to remove the cover—is often enough to deter a break-in.

Sometimes, even when you take all the right precautions, you may find yourself with a shattered window and a busy schedule. Collision 1 will give you a fair quote, help you get where you need to be, and get you in and out as quickly as possible. A smash-and-grab is never fun to deal with, but at least it can be easy to clean up afterward.

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With six locations and growing, personal dedication to our customers, partners, and the communities we serve in, all make the difference while providing you peace of mind. If you’ve got road rash, curb cuts, a banged-up bumper, or any other auto problems, contact Collision 1 via our web form, email, or phone. 

By Tony Webster from Portland, Oregon, United States (Smashed window) [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons