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Nothing: Your Best Defense Against Car Break-Ins

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Although car break-ins were 15% lower this past February when compared with last February, it’s still a prevalent trend in major cities like San Francisco.

The number one way to protect your vehicle from thieves is to leave nothing in view that they would want to grab. This might be a no-brainer, but it’s all too easy to leave electronics, charging cords, and other gadgets in view, especially if you exit your vehicle in a hurry or park in a high-visibility parking area during the day when you’re at work.

According to Police Chief Bill Scott, educating the general public is one of the primary factors that lessens break-in incidents. Scott and his team of fellow officers are constantly seeking ways to remind people to avoid leaving valuables in their vehicles. “Our best bet is to try to reduce these numbers by prevention,” he said. “The fundamental purpose of law enforcement is to prevent crime, not to react to it.”

The San Francisco Police Department (SFPD) is doing its share by spreading its “Park Smart!” campaign. It enlists the help of police cadets to frequent popular tourist spots and leave brochures on vehicle windshields. These cadets also talk to passersby about the importance of removing valuables from their personal car. Tourists are particularly at-risk for car break-ins since they tend to come directly from the airport and think they’re going to park their car for just a few minutes while they take pictures.

The SFPD’s campaign is just one of the ways that urban cities can help crack down on break-ins. Taking your personal belongings with you when you leave your vehicle is another excellent way to reduce the likelihood that your own vehicle will get broken into.

News Source: San Francisco Chronicle