“It’s a very common thing
to have car break-ins in all the beaches of Hawai‘i,” according
to Officer Angut of the Honolulu Police Department. And he
provided some excellent advice about what one should do to
First, and most obvious, use common sense. That should tell
you the very first thing to do when you leave your car is to
its doors. Double check. As simple and easy as this sounds,
also easy to forget to do it. Don’t let a simple mistake
be the reason your dashboard is now missing the $200 sound
system you just installed.
Other tips on how to avoid car break-ins are to leave your
valuables at home or have someone watch the car. An alarm system
worth your money. However, if your car is parked far away,
the criminal has enough time to run away with your valuables
he can be caught.
Remember, there is no guarantee! The best protection is to
leave your valuables at home.
The type of car you’re driving may also determine how interested
a criminal might be in burglarizing it, as well as how easy or
difficult it is for a criminal to open it. The first targets
on a criminal’s list are rental cars. Rental usually means
tourists, and visitors to the island, reluctant to leave cash
and valuables in a hotel room to which many people have keys
and access, often haul around cameras, laptops, and jewelry.
A rental company logo on the car you are driving absolutely screams, “Come
and take the precious possessions I have for you!”
Fortunately, most rental cars these days do not carry the rental
company’s logo. Whew! But be aware that foreign cars
are also a top target because they can easily be broken into
For a criminal, it’s all about maximizing opportunity.
As Officer Angut said, “They’re watching us as much
as we’re watching them.” The paparazzi are out
to make money off the celebrities they stalk, just as car burglars
are out to make money out of drivers who are careless.
So take every precaution to avoid a future car break-in. You
could save yourself a mere $10 or something more valuable,
maybe even your family’s heirloom Hawaiian necklace—which
you took off and left in the car so you wouldn’t risk
losing it while swimming.