Vehicle security is extremely important!
• Lock it.
Even in an area without much theft, an unlocked car parked outside is an invitation to mischief. Worse: An unsupervised youngster could climb in and get the car rolling or get stuck inside on a hot day.
• Close it.
Leaving the windows or sunroof open, even a bit, can let in weather extremes that damage your interior. If it's extraordinarily hot where you are, leave the windows open a bit when parking for a short time to let heated air escape before you climb back in.
• Park it thoughtfully.
If your car is parked where you live, try to keep the area lighted to discourage vandalism. To minimize door dings in a parking lot, try to find a well-lit spot that won't invite others to park immediately next to you.
• Hide or remove valuables.
Thieves often walk down lines of cars in crowded parking lots in daylight and glance inside for a purse, briefcase or smartphone. Then they smash a window for a quick grab.
It never feels good to come out to use your vehicle and seeing it has vandalized so take these extra precautions EVERY time!