One of the worst things you can do when you leave your car, or when you’re about to get into your car, is to fumble through your purse, backpack, briefcase, or other personal items in search of keys. This puts you in a very vulnerable space. If a would-be kidnapper, robber, or carjacker has their eyes on you, they will use your vulnerability against you. They will pounce while you’re distractedly searching for your keys.
When you approach your vehicle, have your keys ready in your hand. Even better, have the right key sorted out. If you’re standing next to your car trying to sort through all the keys in your keyring, it’s just as bad as trying to search through your bag or case. Have THE key that will unlock your car ready to go.
Of course, you’ll need to hold it securely. If you drop it on your way to your vehicle, this becomes a new security issue. A potential attacker or thief will take the opportune moment when you’re looking for your keys on the ground to execute their evil plan. Take precautions to avoid dropping your keys when you’re about to enter your vehicle.
One more thing: When you get out of your car and take steps towards your home, once again it’s important to have your keys ready. Before you unlock your car to get out, find your house key. As you walk to your house, hold your front-door key in your hand. This way, you’ll enter quickly, giving would-be criminals less time to make a move.