UCPD recommends taking the following steps in protecting your property and to discourage would-be criminals from committing auto burglaries:
If you want to be in control of where your valuables are at all times, the surest way is to carry them with you wherever you go. For items you can't afford to lose, don't leave them unattended in a vehicle.
Don't leave any of your belongings uncovered on the seat or floor of the vehicle, or anywhere they may be visible to someone looking in a window. Thieves are less motivated to break and enter if they are unable to see an item of value. Put them in the trunk. If you don't have a trunk, hide valuables under the seats, in the glove box, or other compartments within the vehicle.
This seems obvious, but unless you intend for the items in your vehicle to soon belong to someone else, you should remember to close all the windows and doors and lock up before you leave. Thieves may still attempt to get in, but at least you will have made at least one obstacle for them.
Here are the basics for protecting yourself and your belongings when parking your vehicle. Personal responsibility is the best prevention to safeguard personal property and to prevent becoming a victim.
- Do not leave valuable items visible in your car.
- Close all windows and lock all doors before leaving your vehicle.
- Park in well-lit, heavily populated areas.
- Trust your instincts. If something doesn't feel right, find another place to park.
- Be aware of your surroundings.
- Take note of emergency/pay phones near where you have parked, in case you need to use them.
- Avoid parking next to occupied vehicles.