Defense Against Crime


Would you leave $500 unguarded?

Last night I attended the Citizen’s Training Academy, which in put on each year by the Charleston City Police, and was geared toward helping the tax payers learn how their police department operates. One of the other functions of this program is to arm citizens with the knowledge of help them from being crime victims. One of the topics discussed last night was the rampant run of car break-in’s.

According to nation crime data car break-in are running out of control across the United States. Look at these headlines.

  • Belvedere Square site of series of car break-ins
  • Sheriff’s Task Force Tackles Car Break-Ins
  • Car break-ins out of hand / Police say incidents way up, prosecutions nearly impossible
  • Crime stoppers hear break-in statistics

It does not matter if it is a low income, middle income of high income neighborhood. Car break-ins don’t just happen at night in high crime neighborhoods. They happen in broad daylight in all kinds of neighborhoods, in parking lots, parking decks, and on the street. If you’ve seen the news you’ve seen a rash of break-in’s in various neighborhoods. The primary reason for this is that we are just tempting, or making it easy for criminals to take our stuff. Would you leave $500 cash sitting in a unlocked car, and walk away? You may say no, but many of you are doing this. There are some things you can do to not be the next crime victim.

  • Lock your car to provide some protection. – this should go without saying, but sometimes we think we are just going to be a minute at the convenience store, etc. According to the National Insurance Crime Bureau 31 percent of drivers fail to lock the doors of their vehicle, and 14 percent will leave the keys in the ignition. The easiest car to break into is the one that’s unlocked. People think that having your car parked at your resident makes it safe. However, it only takes a few seconds to remove valuables from an unlocked car. Never assume that because you don’t have expensive electronics in your car that thieves won’t bother your car. You may have your work ID, or spare keys, or spare change in your car, or something that can be used to steal your ID, or a letter that has your address on it. A police officer told me that according to the criminals themselves, leaving your car unlocked almost guarantees that you can be a victim. 

  • Leave NO VALUABLESS visible inside the car.– The only barrier between that $500 GPS system, $250 Ipod, or $1500 Laptop, your purse or briefcase is a piece of glass that can easily be smashed. Leaving your valuables or what may appear to be valuable inside your car in plain view is advertising for trouble. Last year, a woman had her child stolen from her unlocked car. College students often find their laptops stolen from their car (locked or not). Putting your MP3 in your glove box and leaving the cable attached is just a big clue for the thieves. According to the police a locked car with valuables in side give you a 50/50 chance of getting robbed. If you have to leave something in the car for a short time conceal it using the trunk, the space under a seat or a blanket. It’s best to have in there, before your park. There is a slight chance that if you put it in your trunk after you park, a thief is watching, but putting it in your trunk is better than nothing. I’m not going to discuss the issues with shopping, but be mindful which you purchase expensive items, and store them in your car. This is usually a big issue during Christmas, but can happen if you buy something, put it in your car, and then go into another store. 

  • Be mindful about the inside of your automobile– Crooks and Drug addicts don’t want to waste time looking for valuables. They want to know something of value is in the car before they even touch it. Keep a clean car with nothing of value in it. If you purchase MP3 player to hook into your new stereo, as many of them have IPOD connectors, take the player out of the stereo along with the face plate to your stereo when you park. The stereo is useless to the burglar without the face plate. 

  • Secure you car with a good alarm system or counter theft system– These days most cars come with car alarms, so if you have one, USE IT. If you don’t have one GET ONE. Yes they can be a pain and cost money but they have gotten inexpensive in the past few years. A car alarm is the number one electronic deterrent for a-would-be-intruder. Criminals want easy low risk targets. A loud beeping sound heard six blocks away is the last thing they hear to give them away. They will not prevent a smash and grab. If you are looking for a device to prevent your car from being stolen you can invest in THE CLUB or the Portable Car Lock with Alarm. 

  • Watch where you park – Park in a well lit, high traffic area where passerby, either walking or driving, may serve as a deterrent to someone who might steal from your car. Try to park near a storefront that will still be brightly lighted, on a main thoroughfare, under a street light, etc. If your car is too visible it can help deter a criminal for checking it out. If you have a garage at your residence or job, utilize it to protect your car. You’d be surprised to know some intruders break into cars while their parked in their owner’s driveway even while they are at home. However, it does happen.

  • Report IT – Notify your break-in to the police right away, so that can determine if there are a rash of similar crimes in your neighborhood, and they can take appropriate steps. However, please remember YOU ARE THE FIRST LINE of Security for your home, not the police.

Each year, there are millions of car break-ins and robberies each year in the United States, and many of these are preventable. If you reduce your chances of being the victim of a car break-in do not leave your valuables in your vehicle, make your car an unlikely target of high risk for an intruder by removing valuables and parking it in a well lit and highly visible area. The probability of having your vehicle broken into is typically based on difficulty. Some drivers own high risk cars. These cars include convertibles, luxury cars, and cars with items of value visible to thieves. Statistically, your vehicle is the least safe at night when you are sleeping and the darkness provides limited visibility for would be burglars to mask themselves while committing their crime against you. We all want to live in a world where or persons and our property are safe, protected and respected, but we don’t. If you don’t want to be a crime victim, it is your responsibility to get educated and take the steps necessary to reduce your chances. is dedicated to providing you with the best and most affordable personal protection products on the market to meet the security needs of you, your family members or your business, by assisting anyone who is unwilling to become a victim of crime.  If you want to take personal responsibility for yourself, your home or your business, buy our high quality discount personal protection products and arm yourself with the knowledge of the best way to stay secure in an ever-increasing violent world. In today’s society being equipped mentally and physically is no longer an option. – Victor Swindell



  1. Is it okay to post part of this on my page if I post a reference to this webpage?


    Comment by Sharie Mantelli — 09/04/2011 @ 1:39 AM

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