There is nothing worse than having something stolen from you, especially if it is a large and expensive item like a car. Whilst we have insurance for reasons like this, having your car stolen or broken into is still going to cost you money in terms of your excess and can also leave you without a vehicle. It is important therefore that you do all that you can to protect your car from thieves, and here are just 5 ways in which you can do exactly that.
Don’t Give Them a Reason
If you are trying to avoid your car being broken into or stolen, then it is absolutely vital that you don’t make your vehicle look any more attractive to a thief. This means that you shouldn’t have valuable items on display in your car. Keep any possessions which you have in the car locked in the boot or stored in the glove compartment, out of sight of any potential thieves.
A GPS tracker may not prevent your car from being stolen, but it will give you the chance to find and recover it quickly. The GPS tracker can even be linked to your phone so that the moment that you realize your car has been stolen, you can locate it in seconds. This is going to be very beneficial to the police in tracking down the vehicle and the thieves. You can alternatively also go with a visible car tracking device, which can also act as a deterrent.
Keeping it Locked
It may sound obvious, but you’d be surprised at the number of cars which are stolen that haven’t been properly locked. Locking systems will sometimes only lock one of the doors, and if a door isn’t closed properly then the central locking won’t work properly. Every time that you leave your car be sure that all doors are closed and that it is properly locked.
Storing Your Key
So many keys now are computerized and will unlock the door when the key is close to the vehicle. Whilst this is very convenient for the user, it also gives smart and tech savvy thieves the chance to unlock and steal your car without you even knowing. Using a laser and an antenna they can extend the signal of the key from your home, and then open the door and drive away. This is why you shouldn’t keep your car key by your front door, and the best way to stay safe is to store your key in a metal box which can act as a Faraday cage. With regards to keyless cars another great benefit which some GPS tracking devices can provide you is geofencing which is technology that prevents thieves from being able to access the vehicle, even if they have extended the signal of the key.
There are also other, more traditional deterrents which you can find such as steering wheel locks and gear shift locks which can add an additional layer of security to your car. These of course can be broken off, but most thieves want to get in and get out as quickly as possible which is why these can act as an effective deterrent.
Don’t get caught out my car thieves, do all you can to protect your car today.