Auto theft and auto break-ins are a growing challenge across the United States.  According to reporting from the National Highway Safety and Transit Administration, there were more than 1 million vehicle thefts in 2022 alone, while 2023 saw more than a 25% increase over 2022!  Preventing vehicle break-ins and thefts involves a combination of proactive measures and security protocols. Here are several strategies:

Park in Secure Areas: Whenever possible, park your vehicle in well-lit, populated areas. Avoid leaving your vehicle in isolated or dimly lit locations, especially overnight.

Install an Alarm System: Consider installing a car alarm system that will sound loudly if someone attempts to break into your vehicle. Many modern cars come with built-in alarm systems, but aftermarket options are available as well.

Use Steering Wheel Locks or Wheel Clamps: These physical deterrents make it difficult for thieves to drive or tow away your vehicle.

Install a Tracking System: GPS tracking systems can help locate your vehicle if it is stolen. Some systems even allow you to remotely disable the engine, making it more challenging for thieves to escape.

Lock Doors and Close Windows: Always make sure your vehicle is securely locked and close all windows when leaving it unattended.

Keep Valuables Out of Sight: Never leave valuables such as electronics, bags, or money in plain sight inside your vehicle. Stow them in the trunk or take them with you.

Use Anti-Theft Devices: Consider using additional anti-theft devices such as steering wheel locks, gearshift locks, or immobilizers to make stealing your vehicle more difficult.


Be Cautious with Spare Keys: Avoid hiding spare keys in easily accessible locations such as under the car mat or in the glove compartment. Thieves know where to look for these.

Secure License Plates: Use security screws or bolts to secure license plates, making it harder for thieves to swap them onto stolen vehicles.

Be Vigilant: Be aware of your surroundings and report any suspicious activity to the authorities. This can include individuals loitering around vehicles or attempting to gain unauthorized access.

Educate Others: Share these prevention tips with family, friends, and community members to increase awareness and reduce the likelihood of vehicle thefts in your area.

By implementing these security measures and staying vigilant, you can significantly reduce the risk of vehicle break-ins and thefts.

National Protective Services, Inc. is here to help.  With more than 40 years’ experience, NPS has the insight and tools necessary to reduce crime in your neighborhood or workplace.  We offer a free on-site consultation.  Contact us today and find out how it feels to have NPS officers protecting you like family.