The noise, hustle serve as welcomed cover or distractions, while Long Islander’s self-absorbent attitudes provide an extra layer of protection for burglars. The truth is, break-ins and burglaries occur all the time and EVERYWHERE.
The scary thing is, professional burglars only need seconds to accomplish their heist, not minutes.
As locksmiths, our job at Locksmiths of Hicksville is not just to perform installations, repairs, and services. It is our obligation and mission to do whatever we can to help keep our clients and neighbors safe. While nothing is going to keep a determined burglar from breaking in to your car, we would like to offer tips to help lower your chances of being the victim of a car break-in.
Lock Doors and Windows at all times – An overwhelming number of individuals are guilty of leaving his/her car unlocked or windows open, while running into a store or back in the house. Similarly, during spring and summer months, motorists often leave windows and sunroofs open to air out the vehicle. This is an open invitation for theft.
Remove All Signs of Valuables – Even if you removed your gps and phone, it is recommended that you also remove or hide all accessories and charging devices, as well. Do not leave shopping bags and pocketbooks in your car, either. It only takes 20-30 seconds for a burglar to gain access.
Parking – You can’t stay with your car 24/7, so when you park, be smart about it. In public areas, always park in well-lit areas, close to the building, and along with the mass of other cars. In private areas, the garage is the best place to park, followed by the driveway. However, if you can’t park in either of those place, try parking under a street light or installing a motion detector.
Alarm Protection – Alarms are not expensive, nowadays, and are worth every penny. Although there are high-end alarms on the market, a basic $200 alarm will still do the trick. Alarms won’t guarantee your car will not be targeted, but it is a deterrent. The most important part, however, is to make sure the alarm light is flickering on the dashboard. This is what burglars look for.
Get Rid of the Hide-A-Key – Some motorists keep a spare key hidden inside the car, while others attempt to cleverly hide a spare on the outside or underneath. Professional burglars know exactly where to look for a spare key, so you are better off getting rid of it completely. If you get locked out, call a relative, friend, or a locksmith. Don’t figuratively hand a criminal your keys.
We have many more tips to help prevent your car from being broken into. So please, feel free to contact us and one of our experts will be happy to discuss them with you or answer any questions you may have. Call us at 516-418-3344. We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.