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Car theft prevention tips

Having your car stolen or broken into can be a frightening experience. Not only do you feel violated, but the cost of repairing the damage or recovering your vehicle can be a real headache. Even today with advanced models and car security, your car can still be vulnerable to attack. Here are our top 10 tips for car theft prevention.

Park in a garage

The best way to avoid your car being stolen or broken into is to park inside a secure, locked garage. Whether itís at home or at an apartment complex, not only is your car safer, but you will save money on car insurance too. If not, try and park on your drive.

Use a well-lit parking area

When leaving the home, the best place to park is in a well-lit area. Lots of lights and a well illuminated area is likely to put off car thieves from attempting a break in. Itís not always possible to find a car park with a security guard, so look for those with CCTV.

Fit a car alarm

A decent car alarm is enough to scare off all but the most determined of car thieves. Something loud and piercing will shock the thieves and send them scurrying off back under the rock they came from. But please make sure your car alarm doesnít go off at the slightest breeze. Not only will it annoy the neighbours, but a persistent false alarm will be ignored, and may even encourage vandalism.

Get a tracker fitted

GPS trackers are widely available these days at affordable prices. Having one fitted will mean your car can be traced and recovered quickly. Use one from a reputable company and make sure to follow all the registration steps to ensure that the police can quickly locate your details should they be required.

Have an immobiliser fitted

A car immobiliser is one of the best ways to prevent your car being stolen. Often coming as standard from the manufacturer, you can get one fitted easily by a mechanic or garage so that your car has that extra layer of protection.

Buy a steering wheel lock

If you canít afford an immobiliser or if your car doesnít have the ability to have one, then a simple steering lock can be a great way to secure your car. Not only are they almost impossible to remove without a key, but their bright colouring acts as a deterrent to criminals before they even start.

Donít leave expensive valuables in the car

This is an obvious but often overlooked tip. Donít leave anything valuable in your car, especially overnight. Many of us connect our phones to our cars these days, and you might forget that itís in there. Have a quick check each time you leave your car.

Join a neighbourhood watch scheme

Looking out for you and your neighbours car can be a great way to make your area safer. Joining a neighbourhood watch scheme will provide more cover for your vehicle, and will allow you to alert others and be alerted to any suspicious characters.

Donít leave your car running

When you are rushing around trying to get things done, you might be tempted to leave your car running as you nip into a shop or house to do an errand. Thieves will use this as an opportunity to take your car easily. It can be especially frightening when you have children in your car as there have been instances of them being stolen with your car.

Double check youíve locked your car

Lastly, one of the simplest ways to prevent car theft is to lock your car. But you need to make sure you do so, especially if you use a remote key fob. Check the door handle when you park up to ensure that it is actually locked.

Car Care Tips  14/12/2018 15:27:00

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