Auto Theft -- What You Can Do To Protect Your Vehicle
Auto theft is among the most prevalent
crimes today. According to some studies, if you leave your car unlocked
or place valuables in sight in the car, you have a one in thirty chance of
having your car stolen.
However, if you lock your car, hide your valuables from sight and use an
anti-theft device that can be seen from outside, the chances drop to one in
Obviously, the actions you take have a direct bearing on
how safe your vehicle is. Here are several things you can do minimize the risk
of auto theft.
1. Use common sense. It should be obvious that a car
that's unlocked with keys in the ignition is a very attractive target for
Even if you are parking your vehicle for just a few minutes,
take the keys out of the ignition, close all windows and lock the doors. Try to
park in a well-lit area, whenever possible. Don't display valuables / packages
in plain sight inside your car.
At home, park in your garage, not
2. Using a protection device helps. If it is a device that's
plainly visible to would-be thieves, it has deterrent value too.
devices include audible alarms, brake and wheel locks, steering column collars,
tire deflators and more.
3. Immobilizing devices offer good protection
against theft. They can, for example, prevent thieves from hot wiring the car
bypassing the ignition.
There are devices that can block the flow of
electricity or fuel needed to run the car, till you press a hidden button.
Immobilization devices include smart keys that have computer chips inside them,
fuse cutoffs, ignition kill switches, etc.
4. Have a tracking device
installed. This device emits a radio signal that can be picked up by a
monitoring center or by the police. If you car gets stolen, a tracking device
can be invaluable to help recover the vehicle.
5. Keep garage doors
locked even when you are home. Take care of your home security and make it
difficult for burglars to get into your house or garage. That will reduce the
risk of car theft as well.
6. Other things you can do include engraving
your vehicle ID number on the windshield.
Some localities have a 'watch
your car' program where special decals are displayed on the car. The authorities
then have the right to pull the vehicle over and question the driver if the car
is being driven at odd hours, such as between 1:00 am and 5:00 am. This helps
because the majority of car thefts take place between these hours.
Make use of the simple tips above and you will significantly reduce the
chances of your car being stolen.
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