Q. One of our drivers recently had his vehicle broken into. Unfortunately, the thief stole his company iPad, which was in plain sight. What are some tips that we can implement to keep this from happening again?
A. While there is no way to guarantee 100% that your vehicles will never be broken into, there are certainly some concrete steps you can take to help minimize your chances of your drivers being victims of a vehicle break in.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recommends the following four common-sense steps to deter thieves:
1. Take your vehicle’s key. Do not leave it in or on your car, and certainly don’t leave your car running while you stop at a business appointment or do a lunchtime errand.
2. Close and lock all windows and doors when you park.
3. Park in well-lit and well-traveled areas if possible, or, better, a secure garage or parking structure.
4. And, as you found out, never leave valuables in your vehicle, especially if they can be seen from the outside. Also be wary about transferring valuables into your trunk in plain sight — while breaking into a trunk can be more difficult than smashing a window, a thief that sees the promise of a valuable piece of electronics; sales samples (e.g., pharmaceuticals or tools); or purse or back pack filled with credit cards, cash, or a laptop will make the effort for a guaranteed prize.