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Preventing Smash-and-Grab Theft via car window

Thief smashing a car window

Why It Matters

In today’s world, car theft isn’t just about stealing the entire vehicle—it’s also about snatching valuables left inside and leaving you with a smashed car window. Whether you’re parked in your driveway, on the street, or in a parking lot with the car window up, taking precautions can deter thieves and keep your belongings safe and your door glass intact.

Quick Tips to Protect Your Valuables & Car windows

  • Hide Your Valuables: Whether it’s a purse, laptop, or cellphone, keep them out of sight. Even smaller items like sunglasses or shopping bags can attract thieves.

  • Remove Valuables: Avoid leaving valuables on car floors, dashboards, or seats. Tuck them away securely. This way a thief won't be tempted by peering into your car window.

  • Avoid parking in areas with increased gang activity: In most cases you may not leave anything of value in your car, however most gang initiations that take place involve smashing a car window and literally taking nothing.

Remember, a little vigilance goes a long way in safeguarding your belongings. Be proactive, and keep your car—and its contents—secure!

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