This past weekend, our school had a giant picnic. There was a lot of activity going on and the parking lot was busy. However, some hooligans were able to break some car windows and steal stereos and manufacturer-installed GPS systems. It was shocking how bold these thieves were considering the amount of people that were coming and going.
After discussing the break-ins, I got thinking about how your car can actually affect the safety of your home. Sounds confusing I know, but consider the following three points:
- If you have private information on your GPS and it is stolen, the criminals will have access to that information. For example, say you drive a fancy car that is broken into. Thieves steal your GPS, and your GPS clearly states ‘home’ as a destination. Now criminals know where there may be a fancy house too, and may be paying you another visit.
- Many newer cars have the ability to program the garage door opener to interact with the car itself. One night you park your car in the driveway because you are painting something in your garage, and evil-doers break into your car. Now they don’t have access to just your car, but now they can open your garage door and access the garage and/or your house. The same is true for regular garage door openers. In the case of a garage door opener, a thief could just grab it and come back later- before you even realize your opener is gone.
- On the positive side, you can use your car alarm from inside the house if you sense a break-in. (Assuming you don’t have a home alarm system already installed.) For example, when my husband is out of town and it is just me and the kids at home, I always take my car keys and put them on my nightstand when I go to bed. If anyone ever breaks into the house (which I sure hope never happens), I will hit the alarm on my car FOB, which will hopefully scare someone away, or will at least alert the neighbors. Not a perfect solution, I know, but I suppose it is better than nothing.
Overall, it is best if you can eliminate access to your home from your car. If your car is pre-programmed to access the garage, make sure the door is locked from your house to the garage, and also make sure you don’t have anything of value in the garage. (Assuming you sometimes park in the street or driveway.)
If you are parked in the driveway or street, take your garage door opener with you when you leave the car, along with your phone and purse. Thieves around here are getting braver and braver, and the less you leave in the car, the better. You definitely do not ever want to leave anything within sight that a thief might find interesting, including personal information.
Have you ever considered how your car can provide access to your home? Or, am I just being a bit neurotic? Feel free to share – I can take it!