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The Toronto Star recently published an article focused on a string of recent car thefts around the city of Toronto. High-end cars like Lexus and Mercedes are being targeted throughout the city. While you can never 100% protect yourself from theft, there are certain things that can be done that will significantly lower the odds of your car being broken into. Here are a few safety tips to keep your car secure:

1. Park Indoors Whenever Possible

If you have a garage, use it. Try not to keep your car parked outdoors whenever possible. Cars parked outside have an increased risk of being broken into.

2. Don’t Leave Valuables Inside Your Parked Car

Never leave anything of value in your car when it’s parked outdoors. Burglars can easily look inside the windows of your car to see if there’s anything they would possibly want. Never tempt a burglar by leaving something of value inside. Things like laptops or golf clubs should always be brought indoors when your car is parked.

3. Use Your Emergency Brake When Parked

When you park your car, use your emergency brake and turn your wheels towards the curb. These small actions make it tougher for a would-be burglar to steal your car. When protecting your car, little things matter.

4. Never Leave Your Spare Keys In Your Car

Why should you never leave your spare keys in your car? Well, if a burglar breaks in and you’ve left your extra set of keys in the car, they can easily start the car and drive away. Let your extra set of keys inside your home in a secured hidden area. Think like a burglar and keep your valuables well hidden. Be smart and think protection at all times.

To read more about these tips and others, read the full Toronto Star story here: http://on.thestar.com/1JRTHV1