Answer: You can’t…not unless you post guards around it 24-hours a day, 365 days a year. While it sounds harsh, it’s just a revelation that nothing in this life is certain. You do, however, have an equalizer…something in your arsenal that can drastically reduce how vulnerable you are to becoming a victim of an auto-burglary. What is this mysterious equalizer? Well, it’s actually no mystery at all. Knowledge is power. By arming yourself with the tools necessary to strengthen your stronghold, you can turn your vehicle into one than is camouflaged and fortified against burglary. Sound expensive? Not really. According to the Texas Automobile Burglary and Theft Prevention Authority: A vehicle is burglarized in Texas every 2 minutes: • 261,166 cases of vehicle burglary were reported in Texas in 2010. • The estimated total value of property stolen from vehicles in 2010 was $219,274,501. • The average dollar loss per case involving the theft of property from inside a vehicle in 2009 was $790. • The average dollar loss per case involving the theft of parts off a vehicle in 2009 was $715. • The most commonly stolen items from inside vehicles in Texas include: • Small electronics (GPS systems, cell phones, cameras, IPods/MP3 players, portable DVD players, laptop       computers, digital voice recorders) • CD’s • Personal belongings (purses, wallets, briefcases, clothing, sunglasses, books, any paperwork that may           contain personal information such as names, mailing addresses, e-mail addresses, financial information) • Car seats • Shopping bags/packages The parts/equipment most commonly stolen off vehicles include: • Stereos • Wheels/tires/hubcaps • Airbags • Truck tailgates • Light/lens covers • Mirrors • Catalytic converters And, burglaries are on the rise. Here are some ways you can protect your car against burglars: 1. Lock the doors when you exit your vehicle. 2. Take the keys with you. Never leave them or a second set in the car. 3. Hide anything of value. Remove the temptation. 4. Park in well-lit areas. 5. Roll up the windows. 6. If you have a garage, park inside. 7. Set the alarm to your vehicle. 8. Safeguard your personal information. Don’t leave sensitive information in the car. If your car appears to offer nothing to steal or it becomes too risky for the burglar to enter, there’s an increased chance he’ll move on to the car owned by someone not as foresighted as you. So, remember to burglar-camouflage your vehicle. Line the walls of your fortress with things that will hamper the burglar and turn him away. And remember the mantra: – Keep those cellphones out of sight, – Remove your electronics overnight. – Lock the doors and take the keys – Avoid those burglary repair fees. – Park in the light and set the alarm – Chances are there’ll be no harm. Forewarned is forearmed. In the end, you are the greatest guardian of your property. Be safe and best wishes from your team at Harris County Constable’s Office Precinct 2.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]