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How to Catch Someone Breaking into Your Car – Suggestions and Guidelines

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No car owner would want their vehicle or even components of the vehicle to get stolen by thieves. However, it is a common practice in the USA for thieves to break in and steal valuable items from your car. You are then bound to replace all these costly components. 

Though there is no 100% proven strategy to deter these types of thieves, there are some steps that can help you prevent such incidents. 

Cars That Have Been Stolen the Most by Thieves

According to NICB, the list of the top 10 cars stolen in the US include

  • Honda Accord 
  • Honda Civic 
  • Toyota Camry 
  • Nissan Altima 
  • Dodge Pickup
  • Toyota Corolla 
  • Ford Pickup
  • Chevrolet Impala 
  • Ford Pickup 
  • Jeep Cherokee 

What Types of Cars Are Stolen the Most?

You might think that thieves go for high-end luxury vehicles, and while these vehicles do get stolen in real life, old car models are more frequently stolen.

Old Models are an Easy Target 

Thieves usually go for older models as they are easier to steal. Old models have less sophisticated security systems, making them a simpler target for thieves. Moreover, these vehicles lack the latest anti-theft features that have become quite popular in new models. If your car was built more than 20 years ago, the chances of being stolen are much higher. 

Signs Your Car is Being Targeted 

Though it’s not easy to find out if your car is being targeted, there are possible signs and indicators of suspicious activity. 

  • Suspicious Individuals

If you notice strangers constantly monitoring or wandering around your vehicle, especially in a suspicious manner, it can be a possible sign of them targeting your vehicle. 

  • Unusual Electronic Interferences 

Some thieves interfere with the car’s electronic device to interfere with the keyless entry system. If you are finding it difficult to unlock or start your vehicle, it can be a sign that someone is targeting your car. 

  • Unusual Interference with Car Radio 

Interference with car radio is a potential sign of criminal activity, though it is not a direct indication of your vehicle being targeted. Radio interference can have several causes; in some cases, thieves use electric devices to interfere with a radio signal to direct your car’s security system.

How to Catch Someone Breaking into Your Car?

there are some ways that can help you catch a thief trying to break into your car. 

  • Install a Baby Monitor 

Installing a baby monitor can be a great way of keeping track of your vehicle. They are small in size and can record the face and appearance of the thief as they come closer to the monitor. Also, the audio sensor will enable you to hear the noise inside your car. 

  • Place a GPS Tracker in Your Car 

Put the tracker in the right place in your car. Putting it carefully can make it unidentifiable, allowing you to track the thieves trying to steal your vehicle. 

  • Wrap the Keys in Aluminum foil. 

You might wonder how wrapping your keys in aluminum foil can protect your vehicle.  Lets have a look at how this works. 

The key fob uses Radio Frequency Identification to transmit a code to your car to lock or unlock it remotely. The thieves can intercept and copy the code on the key fob, allowing them to break into your vehicle. 

For example, if your vehicle is parked near your apartment, it can be robbed easily by using the car key fob signals without you knowing it. However, wrapping your car keys in aluminum decreases the strength of these signals, making it difficult for thieves to catch them. Keeping your keys in a microwave or even just wrapping them can also do the job. 

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