How do you lock your car in an unfamiliar neighborhood?

I’m going to visit my brother this weekend and will be parking my car outside and overnight for the first time. What are some good tips to keep your car safe in an unfamiliar neighborhood?

Answer
Unfamiliar or not, there are some things every driver should know when locking their car to maximize its safety, especially overnight!
Follow these tips and your car will instantly be safer:
  • Always lock your car.
  • Consider using an anti-theft device
  • Keep any valuables or keys out of sight.
  • Make sure your car alarm is functioning properly.
  • Use a steering wheel lock.
  • Park in a well-lit area.
Theft and vandalism can happen anywhere, so another way to protect your car is ensuring you have comprehensive coverage on your car insurance policy.
While you’d still have to pay your deductible should your car be broken into or vandalized, you’d still be able to file a claim for any losses with your insurance company.
If you’d like help exploring your options for the best coverage, use the Jerry app. Jerry is your ultra-talented car insurance broker for life. It takes less than a minute to sign up and you’ll be presented with competitive rates from 50+ top providers.
Will Baldwin
Answered on Nov 29, 2021
Will Baldwin is a graduate of Ryerson’s School of Journalism with three years of experience writing and freelancing for multiple publications including The Globe and Mail. With a deep interest in geography, economics, and politics, he has come to be extremely interested in the relationship of personal finances and culture with the auto industry as one of the forefronts of his interest. When not writing, he’s an avid sports fan who splits his time between watching too much basketball and having his heartbroken by the New Orleans Saints. Will is based in Toronto, Ontario.
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