Tips to Protect Your Car From “Smash and Grab” Theft

 In Auto Glass, Windshields

Unfortunately, smash and grab thefts have spiked in areas across the country. With this method of stealing, thieves smash car windows and grab valuable items inside. It doesn’t take long for someone to become a victim of this and not only do you have to replace valuable items, but you also have to get your broken car windows replaced.

Thankfully, you can take precautionary measures to protect your car from smash and grab theft.

Regular precautions: If possible, park in well-lit areas, closest to buildings. Avoid leaving anything of value inside the vehicle, including:

  • Purses
  • Backpacks
  • Laptops
  • Phones
  • Wallets

Hide your belongings from plain sight: If you don’t have any valuables in your car there is nothing for the thieves to steal! But, that isn’t always the case and you can’t bring your valuables everywhere with you. The next best option is to keep them hidden- place them in your glove box, under the seat, or in the trunk.

Install an anti-theft alarm system: If your car doesn’t have built-in alarms, look for options that provide comprehensive protection. Ideally, you want a system with multiple sensors that alarm whenever someone attempts to break into your car.

Set up sensors: Anti-theft technology has continued to evolve in recent years. There are now sensors that can pick up the sounds of glass shattering, motion inside the vehicle, and changes to the air pressure inside a car.

  • Glass break sensors detect certain acoustic frequencies that activate an alarm system.
  • Pressure sensors detect changes in the air pressure within the vehicle. If a door is forced open or a window is open an alarm will be triggered.
  • Motion sensors use ultrasonic waves to detect motion inside a vehicle and will alert owners of a break-in.

We hope these tips will help prevent a possible smash and grab incident from happening to you. However, if you are a victim of a vehicle break-in, we can help! With more than 20 years of auto glass experience in the west metro, trust Apollo Glass to get you back on the road safely and quickly. Learn more about our wide array of services and schedule online today!


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