This is from a community leader and neighbor....he has an interesting insight on how to keep your car safe.
Although I can't recommend that you actually leave your car unlocked(you might sue me) He does bring up some great thoughts!
Howdy, Neighbors. Steve White here. I am a Neighborhood Watch building captain here in downtown Salt Lake. We all know that Car Prowl activity is not going to slow down anytime soon. In that vein, I would like to offer some tips.
Many moons ago I knew a group of car prowlers. Sometimes there would be three of them in the group, sometimes five. But there were always the core members- the two of them that had day jobs installing car alarms.
Car alarms aren't going to stop them. The sad truth is that if someone wants into your car, they are getting into your car. The good news is that you can minimize or even eliminate the damage incurred. The question I would ask myself is this- Are my C.D.'s worth the Five Hundred Dollars it would take to replace my busted window?
Here's the tip of the day. Do not leave anything of value in your car and leave it unlocked.
Leave It Unlocked!?!?! You're CRAZY! You are thinking.
My car can get Stolen!
I don't want some strange person going through my things!
If someone wants to steal your car or go through it, they will.
A car burglar will break your window to get at the 75 cents in your ashtray.
Identity theft is another issue here. Do you have your Title in your car? Why? That belongs in your safe at home. You need your proof of insurance and registration. These go in your handbag, wallet, or briefcase. Your glove compartment should only contain an ice scraper.
Your trunk is no safer. Most cars nowadays have a trunk release inside the car, remember.
I'm pullin' for ya; We're all in this together.