The quicker a car thief can steal your vehicle, the more attractive it is. So many people do not really take time to ensure their cars are theft-proof. Car theft has been on the rise and not many people have a good idea on what to do to prevent their cars from being added to the statistics.
Here are 5 tips that will make your vehicle a less appealing target.
Lock Your Doors & Windows
Sometimes the best answer is usually the obvious one. It may sound like a no-brainer, but a lot of people forget to lock their car doors while they drive and even when they park. Always lock your car doors & windows whether parked or in motion. Make it a habit to ensure your car doors and windows are locked before you drive & when you park. A thief can simply reach into your car through an open window — taking what they can reach or unlocking the door to gain full access to your vehicle and everything in it.
Park In Well Lit Areas
Avoid parking your car in poorly lit areas or in places that cannot be seen by passersby immediately. It is highly recommended that you park in a high trafficked area during the day and a well-lit area at night. This reduces car theft by over 80% as thieves may be deterred if they know they can easily be seen.
Do Not Leave Valuables In Your Car
One way to attract a thief is to leave a purse, cell phone or another high-value item in a highly visible area of your car. It’s best to leave anything of value at home, but, if you must have something important with you, keep it out of sight.
If you insist on taking your valuables with you, put them in the trunk of your car before you leave and get to where you need to be. Do this before you leave home as some thieves actually scope parking lots looking for people who are moving items to their trunk. Once you’ve left the vehicle, they’ll break into the trunk to grab whatever you stashed away.
Install An Audible Alarm System & Anti-Theft Device
Some cars come fully equipped with alarm systems. If your car didn’t come with one, installing an alarm system/anti-theft device in your car will be a good idea. An audible alarm is designed to emit a loud noise, often the car’s horn, if someone attempts to enter the vehicle while the alarm is on. The unwanted attention attracted by the noise can chase off a potential thief. There are quite a variety of car alarms available on various retail platforms but keep in mind that you’ll most likely need to have a mechanic or alarm technician install it for you — especially if the installation requires working with the vehicle’s wiring system.
Install A Tracking System
A very important device for your car is a tracking system. You should consider installing a tracking system, which can also be called a vehicle recovery system (As with the other alarms, you may need to have a professional install the device.) This device is necessary in cases where your car gets stolen. If a vehicle gets stolen, this tracking system will use wireless and/or GPS technology to emit a signal to the monitoring service of your vehicle’s location. This can help recover your vehicle faster and the thief arrested.
Other helpful tips include:
- Installing a vehicle immobilizer system
- Staying alert
- Avoiding high crime areas even if the alternative route is longer
- Leaving your car in park or in gear with the wheels turned toward the curb or some other obstruction. This makes it harder for thieves to tow your vehicle
- Never leave your car running and unattended
Types Of Anti-Theft Systems
- A mechanism that locks onto the steering wheel can be a very visible sign that you’ve taken steps to protect your vehicle
- Ignition cut-off systems that prevent a car from being started
- Some new cars come with passive alarms that activate automatically when the key is removed from the ignition
- One system emits a signal that can be tracked by the police
If confronted by a carjacker, do not resist. Cars can be replaced; YOU CAN’T.
Mary-Anne From Cars45