Car theft is on the rise and vehicle owners are having to take further steps, or at least think about taking further steps, to keeping their cars safe. There’s no one answer as to why car thieves do what they do. They do it for taking part in further criminal activities, selling for parts and even for fun. If they can see that it’s easy to steal, the more attractive it is to them.
There are numerous steps that drivers can take to keep their vehicle that little bit more secure. Unfortunately car keys aren’t always needed to break into and steal a car, which is why we want to educate you on preventing situations you really don’t want to find yourself in.
We’ve seen our fair share of vehicle security breaches when it comes to car keys, so we’ve put together a few tips to prevent you from becoming a victim to car theft.
Never Leave your Car Running and Unattended
It’s easily done when it's winter and you’re waiting for your car to de-ice. However, no matter the situation (even if you think your car is safe on your driveway), never leave your car unattended whilst it is running. A car thief can easily jump in and drive away.
Don’t Leave Valuables in Sight
Dangling a carrot (or phone, laptop, handbag or purse in this case) in front of a car thief is never going to end well. If you leave something valuable in your car, for example on the passenger car seat, it’s just calling to be stolen.
Install an Anti-Theft System
If it doesn’t already have one, think about installing an anti-theft system to your car. Thieves are reluctant to steal vehicles they know can be recovered quickly and traced. An added bonus is that most car insurers will offer a discount for cars that have these systems installed.
Park your Car somewhere Safe at Night
If your car is left on a quiet, dark street overnight, it could be susceptible to being stolen. Most thieves operate during the night, when it’s quiet and they’re not easily seen. Ensure the location you decide to park your car is well-lit and is able to be seen by other drivers or neighbours.
Avoid High Crime Areas
This can be easier said than done when you are travelling somewhere new. However, not all car thefts are made when the vehicle is stationary at home or overnight. Car thieves now operate on streets (grabbing your car keys from an open window when stopped at a junction) and go as far as bumping into you with another car, waiting for you to step out of the car to look at the damage, before jumping into your seat and driving away.
If you feel threatened in any situation, always ensure you are in a populated area and call the Police should you feel it right.
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Whilst we aren’t “security professionals” or the Police, we recommend taking into consideration the above steps. For most of us, our car is one of the most expensive items we own and should do everything we can to protect it.
If you need assistance gaining entry to your vehicle, or if your car keys are stolen, lost or damaged please get in touch.