Unattended Vehicle? How To Protect Your Car On College Campus

Unattended Vehicle? How To Protect Your Car On College Campus
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    If you're driving your car to school and it's left in the parking area, you should take extra precautions to avoid vandalism and theft.

    There are other contributing factors to determine if your car is truly safe on campus including a security professional and the use of cameras...

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How To Keep Your Vehicle Safe In College

If you’re driving your car to school and it’s left in the parking area, you should take extra precautions to avoid vandalism and theft. There are other contributing factors to determine if your car is truly safe on campus including a security professional and the use of cameras. Unfortunately, if your school does not include these safety features and you’re in a high traffic or high crime area, take note on the following tips for protecting your campus car from thieves and the school.

Dashboard Cameras

USA Today reported in an online article that dash cameras are on the rise. They’re great for when a car is in motion, but can also be used for a car left unattended. The average college student on a budget can find one reasonably priced for under $100. When you’re away from your car they act as a second set of eyes.

For example, some cameras are equipped with a sensor that activates the camera if your car is struck or jolted in a parking lot and with Wi-Fi access the video can be sent to your smartphone, email, or Google cloud through a user-friendly app.

Secure Your Vehicle

Removing or properly storing your valuables in your vehicle is a great idea, but what’s better is making sure your doors are locked and your windows are rolled up. The National Crime Reports suggests thieves are actually lazy and look for an easy target. An unlocked door will invite a thief to a vehicle that’s left unattended.

Follow Campus Parking Rules

To protect your car from the school, follow the parking rules. For example, if a school decal is required, make sure your decal is always visible for the parking attendant to see to avoid sanctions, fines, or even worse, being towed. Make sure your car is registered with your campus parking directory too.

Other Valuable Safety Precautions

  • Use a car alarm
  • Avoid isolated parking areas
  • Beware leaving your keys with an attendant
  • Never leave your credit card or duplicate keys in the glove compartment or visor
  • Use an anti-theft device (i.e. car “club”)
  • Have your keys ready when entering your vehicle
  • Know the statistics about vehicle crimes at your school
  • Report a vehicle crime to campus security and the local police

Everyone wants to know their car is safe on campus, but that’s not always the case. You have enough to worry about with classes. Driving to school is a privilege and should never be a source of constant worry.

You’re invited to share this article with your friends and your social media websites like Twitter or Facebook. Sharing is caring. Making others aware of how to protect themselves on campus will help them stay safe, cause others to spot unusual behavior, and protect you in the long run.

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