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5 Every-Day Items that Make Your Car Look Appetizing to Thieves

13 Nov

5 Every-Day Items that Make Your Car Look Appetizing to Thieves

Did you know that allowing your car to get cluttered increases the chances of someone trying to steal from it?  It might sound bizarre, but it’s true.  One of the main motivations that criminals have to target cars is when valuables are strewn all over the seats. Automotive Expert Chris Torney suggests that “Keeping your car secure is a big worry for motorists… The most common security mistake that car owners make is leaving things on show such as phone leads, briefcases, handbags, sat nav holders and paperwork. Untidy vehicles attract car thieves.” Here are a few items you should always conceal if you want your car to be safe:

1.    Electronics:

               These days drivers use so many gadgets it’s impossible to find cars which don’t carry devices in them.  But this is a problem considering how much thieves stand to gain from stealing portable electronics.  Any time you leave your car unattended, make sure to take all of your devices with you.

2.    Food/Empty Food Wrappers:

               Different people steal different things for different reasons.  A sophisticated thief might not want anything to do with food in a car. But a desperate thief, or a homeless person, can easily be tempted by food left in a car.  Even the appearance of food can attract the wrong attention so clean away empty food wrappers at all times.

3.    Lighters:

               Cigarette lighters might not seem like a big deal to anyone, but they’re actually very popular targets for thieves who smoke.  A casual criminal wouldn’t think twice about breaking into a car if it meant saving a few bucks on a tobacco habit.

4.    Cosmetics/Toiletries:

               If you spend a lot of time in your car, there’s a good chance you travel with supplies like lotion, makeup, napkins, hand sanitizer and so on.  Leaving such provisions in full view is a bad idea. It gives poor or homeless criminals another reason to break into a vehicle.

5.    Documents:

At one point or another, chances are you’ve driven with mail or paperwork scattered all over your car seats.  Documents are intriguing not just for vandals, but for identity thieves as well.  If you must place paperwork on a car seat, cover it up in a way that nobody hovering outside can read it.


Whether you drive a high-end sports car, or a basic sedan, the thought of someone breaking into your vehicle probably sends chills down your spine.  This is evidenced by the fact that motorists spend millions of dollars every year on security features for their vehicles.  While there’s nothing wrong with using sophisticated methods to keep your car safe, sometimes all you need is a little common sense. Keep your car tidy, and you’ll have less to worry about when it comes to theft.  For more information, visit our website or give us a call at 1-800-639-7654 to find out how Adriana’s Insurance Services can help you stay safe. We got you covered!