One of the worst things that can happen to you as a car owner is that someone outright steals your car. It not only leaves you trapped in a huge mess with your insurance, as well as your local authorities, it also leaves you stuck physically as well since you won’t have any way of getting around – and with hundreds of thousands of vehicles reported stolen every year, you really can’t take any chances. So what do you do? Well, here are 10 simple steps to keep your car safe from auto theft!
Lock Your Doors
It may seem like an obvious one right? The truth is though, so many people forget, or even choose not to lock their car doors, for a multitude of reasons. So remember, even if you’re only going to be in the store for a minute, or you’re parked in your own neighborhood/driveway, don’t forget to lock your doors!
Remove Keys From The Vehicle
You’ve seen it before: the scene in the movie where a person jumps into a car quickly that isn’t theirs, fumbles around for all of five seconds, and then a pair of car keys falls conveniently from under the visor. Don’t be that person. If you leave your vehicle for any reason, for any length of time, take all keys with you, always. And definitely don’t leave them in the ignition or leave your fab in the car!
Don’t Keep Spare Keys Near Your Car
Chances are if there is someone coming to steal your car, they already have a bit of experience. So don’t make it easier on them by keeping a spare key tucked away in your glove box/center console, under your car, or anywhere else in the vicinity of your vehicle that is not with you. Whatever sneaky spot you think you’ve come up with, there’s a good chance it will be one of the first places a thief will look.
Keep Your Windows Closed
Leaving your windows open, even if you think it’s only open a crack, makes is easy for potential thieves to reach inside and steal your belongings, or unlock your doors and gain access to your entire vehicle. Too hot during the summer? Invest in some handy window reflectors instead! They will serve duel purpose of keeping your car cool, and minimizing vision into your vehicle, potentially deterring thieves even more.
Park In Well-Lit Areas Only
The more shadows, brush, and other obstructions there are surrounding your car, the more places there are for potential thieves to hide and avoid being seen. So, when you can, always park in open, well-lit spaces that allows for complete vision around the vehicle.
Get A Car Alarm/Anti-Theft Device
Audible alarm systems, much like home alarm systems, emit loud noises (often times through your horn) when a vehicle is being entered by an unauthorized person, drawing attention to the vehicle in the hopes of scaring off the intruder. Visible anti-theft devices can work in other ways, such as locking your steering wheel in place, flashing lights, and more, which will make your car less of a target.
Get A Vehicle Immobilizer System
Vehicle immobilizers systems are great for preventing your vehicle from getting hotwired, using kill switches, smart keys, wireless ignition authentication, and more to guarantee your vehicle doesn’t operate for anyone but you. That way, even if a thief does try to steal your car, they can’t go anywhere because the car won’t run!
Install a Tracking System
A tracking system, or vehicle recovery system, uses GPS/wireless technology to send a ping signal directly to whatever authorities or monitoring systems are responsible for tracking your vehicles location. Installing one means even if your car does get stolen, you can potentially get it back without hassle in as little as a few hours!
Don’t Leave Anything Valuable In Your Car
Don’t want people to steal your stuff? Don’t leave all your tempting possessions out for all the world to see! If you absolutely must leave anything in your car, be sure to hide it under a seat or in your center console/glove box. This includes purses, phones, other electronics, misc. shopping bags, and anything else that you deem valuable. If you don’t immediately need whatever it is, put it away in your trunk before you arrive at your destination so no one sees you hiding things before you leave.
Don’t be the type of person to always be sucked into a device, or unaware of what’s going on around you. Pay attention to cars or people that may have been following you or waiting for you to leave your vehicle unattended. Double check that everything is closed, hidden, sealed, and locked before you get out of your car. And always trust your instincts and park somewhere else if you feel uncomfortable or have any doubts about where you are.
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