Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Tips To Prevent A Car Burglary

Tips To Prevent A Car Burglary


You get that sinking feeling like something is wrong. You are walking towards your vehicle and notice that it has been all torn up and the windows are gone. Someone has been trying to get into your car and has done a pretty good job of smashing it up. While you are not sure of who would have done this to you, it is important that you get the assistance of a lawyer right away to deal with the loss of property and any other damages that may have occurred. Here are some of the steps that you can take next time to ensure that your car is not broken into again.

tips prevent car burglary Tips To Prevent A Car Burglary

Secure the Car

You must always make sure to secure up your car when you are leaving it. This means that you should not leave the keys inside the ignition, lock the doors and windows, and activate the alarm if you have one. It does not matter if you plan to spend two seconds away from the car or all day, make sure to follow this procedure each time in order to avoid someone trying to get into your car.

Park in Smart Locations

It is never a good idea to place your car somewhere that is dark and far away from the building. Rather you need to pick a place that is well populated, that is close to your destination, and where a lot of lights are present. If you are able to, try to park near a security camera so you are more likely to catch the culprit. At home, if you have a garage it is a good idea to always park your vehicle inside it. The more difficult that you can make it for someone to get into your car, the less likely that you will become a victim of a burglary.

Use Deterrents

If your vehicle does not have an alarm on it, now is a good time to put one on. Alarms are great deterrents to thieves and can keep your car safe. Some items that you may want to consider include hood and tire locks, locking mechanisms for your steering wheel, and an alarm that has a lough siren. You can even place decals on your car so that others know that it has these kinds of devices.

Hide Valuables

Never leave valuables inside your car if you are not going to be there. Thieves are not going to spend all day looking around at cars in order to see if something is there or not; this would easily become too suspicious. Rather, they will just glance through windows and if you have something valuable just left out in the open, they are going to try and get it. If you have to take a valuable in your car with you, say a computer to and from work, make sure to put it in a place where no one is able to see it. Under the seat, your glove compartment, and the trunk are all perfect options for hiding valuables.

Jennifer is a blogger for The Law Office of Gregory R. Terra, a business and personal injury law firm in Williamson County, Texas.  She is sad to report that she has recently been the victim of a car theft.

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4 Ways To Prevent Drunk Driving As A Party Host

4 Ways To Prevent Drunk Driving As A Party Host


Deaths and injuries caused by drunk driving happen too often, tearing apart too many families and too many lives. There is so much that can be done to prevent it before it happens. If you’re hosting a party this season, consider incorporating the following tips for preventing drunk driving from your guests.

ways prevent drunk driving party 4 Ways To Prevent Drunk Driving As A Party Host

Arranged Transportation

If it’s a really big party with a large number of guests, consider arranging an official form of sober transportation. Whether it’s getting a friend or family member to drive people around, arranging a shuttling or limo service, this could be a great way to protect your friends and guests from drunk driving after a party. Advertise this service throughout the party so that your guests know that it is an available alternative to driving themselves home.

Arranged Accomodation

If it’s at a hotel, see if you can get complimentary or discounted rates on rooms for those who are unable to get themselves home safely. This will encourage inebriated guests to just stay over rather than find their way home, the former being commonly the safer option. If it’s at a home with a smaller party, assure your guests that they can stay over (even if not too comfortably) if they have had too much to drink. They might not be incredibly comfortable, but at least they are safe.

Non-Alcoholic Drinks

Offer plenty of non-alcoholic drinks to make it easy on non drinkers and designated drivers to find beverages. With a greater variety, it might also encourage your guests to consume less alcohol (as compared to a situation in which almost all of the drink options are alcoholic). It’s also a good idea to stop serving alcoholic drinks and only offer these non-alcoholic drinks starting two hours before the party ends. This gives your guests enough time to sober up a bit, which could help them make better decisions upon leaving.


Offer plenty of food. Food helps the body process the alcohol, and it takes attention away from the drinks. It also gives something for the designated drivers to munch on while staying sober. Don’t offer foods that are too salty, though, since that makes people thirstier. If you’re not serving a meal, have abundant amounts of appetizers and snacks available for people to balance out their drinking.

Keep an Eye Out

Watch over your guests. If you see that someone has reached their limit, do your best to prevent them from having any more to drink. If you see someone that is clearly unable to drive, take away their keys. Sometimes all it takes is the action of one concerned person who would have otherwise been a passive bystander to prevent a drunk driving accident.

Sometimes, even if you do everything right, accidents and injuries can still happen if you or one of your guests gets hit by another drunk driver. In these cases, you are not to blame and the injured victims deserve compensation for their damages, pain, and suffering.

Ultimately, remember that drunk driving is absolutely preventable; let’s make the world safer by working together.

Zane Schwarzlose is a writer at Alamo Injury Attorneys, a personal injury law firm in San Antonio, Texas. Zane always likes arranging transportation for his friends.

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