Many apartment complex, townhouse and condominium communities require occupants to park their vehicles in designated spaces that can be easily associated with a particular dwelling. Often, these parking spaces actually have dwelling-numbers painted on the concrete, asphalt or curbstone. Unfortunately, when your assigned spaces are empty, it’s obvious to criminals that you’re away.
In communities with attached garages, it’s equally important to remember to keep the garage door(s) closed at all times. When the garage door(s) are closed, would-be burglars can’t tell if you are home or away – and, they don’t have access to your garage-to-house entrance, which is generally less secure than your dwelling’s main entrance.
If your vehicles aren’t in garages, take these extra precautions to protect them from criminals:
- Always lock your vehicle when you leave it. If your vehicle has either an active or passive alarm system, be sure to “arm” it – even if you’re just going to be inside your home for just a few minutes.
- Don’t leave valuable objects or packages in plain view inside your vehicle.
- Equip your vehicle with a locking gas cap to prevent theft or vandalism.
Vehicle crimes represent one of the major categories of criminal activity in many multi-family complex communities. By following these simple precautions, you can help to keep your vehicles and their valuable accessories safe from would-be thieves.