How to Help Prevent Your Car Being Stolen
If you own a car there is always a risk that it could be broken into or stolen. Regardless of age, make and model, the quicker a thief can steal your vehicle, the more attractive it is. There are many more ways to protect your car and its content than just simply pressing the lock button on your car key.
Check Its Locked, Don’t Walk Away
Most cars these days make a sound or feature a visual signal when the central locking is activated. It is important to stay close and look out for these signals in order to ensure your central locking is fully functioning. If in doubt, pull the door handle before you walk away.
The ideal place to park your car is in a secure driveway or garage, however if you don’t have one, or are out and about, it is best to leave your car in a well lit area or in the view of a security camera.
Hide or Remove Your Belongings
Your car is more likely to be targeted if valuable items such as wallets, phones and sat-navs are on display, therefore it is better to remove them from the car or tuck them away into the glove compartment or under the seats. Don’t forget to remove sat-nav holders and any suction marks on the windscreen as they indicate you have valuables in the car.
Increase Your Security
Most modern cars are fitted with an alarm and immobiliser, but there are various ways to increase your cars security further. Using a steering wheel lock is a great deterrent for opportunistic thieves, as it creates problems for the thief to steer the wheel. Fitting a tracking device will be useful if the worst happens and your car is stolen, as it will allow yourself and the police to locate your car using GPS.
Never Leave Your Car Running Unattended
Whether you’re de-icing your car on a cold winter morning or just popping into the shop, thieves won’t think twice before taking advantage of this opportunity. An opportunist thief doesn’t need more than a few seconds to take action.
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