What to Do When Your Car Window Gets Smashed
Thanksgiving is right around the corner, and pretty soon we’ll all be checking off our holiday shopping lists for the year. Christmas is a special time of year where the world is filled with holiday lights and good cheer. But amid all of those holiday celebrations and good tidings, every Christmas shopping season also brings a dramatic spike in holiday crime including vehicular smash-and-grab burglaries.
Smash-and-grab burglaries are exactly what they sound like. Thieves love to take advantage of the chance for a quick and easy haul by smashing out car windows and grabbing the loot inside. In this post from our team at Zenith Auto Glass, we’ll offer advice for handling smash and grab theft and getting your car window repaired fast.
When Thieves Attack
Think of a smash-and-grab as a crime of convenience. Thieves who smash car windows aren’t thinking about stealing your whole car. They’re interested in grabbing what they can easily sell or pawn and moving on, leaving you stuck with the bill and the frustration of having to handle a repair.
Although there’s no sure way to prevent thieves from breaking out a car window, keeping valuables stashed out of sight can help. Never leave tempting targets lying in your seat or in view of passersby. These are some of the most common targets of smash-and-grab car crime:
● Holiday shopping
● Wallets and purses
● Car keys
Where Smash and Grabs Strike
Car burglars tend to work alone and avoid public places. It’s a good idea to park your car in crowded spaces and stay in busy parking lots. If you do need to park after dark, look for a parking spot where there’s plenty of light or park as close to the building as possible.
Anti-theft measures can go a long way in deterring thieves from choosing your car and instead going for an easier target. If your car has an alarm system or camera, keep it activated when you’re out and about.
Make a habit of locking your doors and rolling up your windows anytime you’re in your car and as soon as you exit your vehicle. Don’t forget to close your sunroof as well. Additionally, don’t store anything important in your glove box.
Remain Vigilant When Shopping
It’s always a good idea to remain alert when you’re out and about, but it’s especially important during the holiday shopping season. If anything looks suspicious, don’t be afraid to follow your gut instincts. And never leave your vehicle running if you’re not behind the wheel.
Additionally, don’t make the mistake of assuming because you’re in an affluent area your vehicle is safe from crime. In fact, crime often rises in more affluent areas during the holidays because burglars know they’re fertile ground for easy loot.
Recovering from a Smash and Grab
It only takes a moment to become a victim to a smash-and-grab burglary. Thieves who commit these crimes are practiced at their craft and know exactly how to get in and get out quickly. They often use a blunt instrument to quickly smash the glass on your vehicle. With the window gone, it’s easy to reach in and take whatever they want. These types of crimes often occur in sprees as a thief will hit as many cars as possible when the taking is easy.
One of the more frustrating aspects of having your car window smashed isn’t just that you’ve had your property stolen. It also means you’re stuck with a missing window in the middle of a cold Duluth winter.
Convenient Auto Glass Replacement
Although nobody wants to think about the possibility of a smash-and-grab, if the unthinkable does happen, you’ll need fast and convenient side window replacement. Plan ahead by putting our number into your emergency contacts. At Zenith Auto Glass, we specialize in convenient auto glass replacement throughout the Northland. Our professional auto glass replacement team is experienced with ADAS calibration and custom orders.
And don’t worry about driving with the frosty winter air inside your vehicle. We’ll drive to meet you for added convenience so you can have the peace of mind to know your ride is safe and secure once again. We bring more than 100 years of experience to every job and work with all types of makes and models.
Contact Our Duluth Side Window Replacement Pros
The only thing that’s more infuriating than knowing you’ve been a victim of crime is realizing that you’re stuck with the hassle of having to replace a broken window. That’s why our team at Zenith Auto Glass is happy to make the process as simple and seamless as possible. To schedule your convenient side window replacement services, give us a call at 218-275-5555 or contact us online to find out more about our services. And have a Happy Thanksgiving!