Car theft prevention is arguably one of the least discussed topics among individuals. Because of this, the average person may not know to put the necessary steps in place to protect their vehicles. It should also be noted that it takes only a matter of hours after your vehicle is stolen before it is stripped and sold in parts, leaving you no chance of ever seeing it again. For that reason, BestQuote will be giving you some tips on how to avoid becoming a victim of car theft.
- Keep Track of Your Keys
One of the first questions you will be asked by the police after your vehicle has been stolen is for the location of your keys. This is because some people tend to hide their spare keys in places known to criminals making them an easy target. For example, under mats or in plant pots. Similarly, you should keep any keys safely out of reach of windows within your house – as a gauge of a safe distance bear in mind thieves will use fishing rods to reach them. It is best also to retrieve any spare keys you would have given to someone you no longer in contact with.
- Make Sure Your Vehicle is Secure
It is important to ensure your vehicle doors are always locked and the windows are fully up, even if your vehicle in the safety of your own garage/driveway. If parking in the street at home or while out, try to leave your car under street lights or in plain sight – additionally, try to park under CCTV cameras if they are visible. You should never become too comfortable over vehicle, and home, security.
- Do Not Leave Your Valuables in Your Car
We assume most people know this is a particularly bad idea. It gives criminals even more reason to not only steal your valuables but also your vehicle. Certain valuables are like eye-candy for a thief and this in no way helps the victim. Therefore, in the future, please hide your valuables such as purses, cell phones, laptops and iPads away from the public eye when leaving your vehicle parked or in general. Take a glance when you are about to leave your vehicle, does anything look tempting, or does something look like something else? Simple curiosity or an item mistaken for another is enough incentive for a thief to break in.
- Never Leave Your Car Running
As simple and quick as the task may appear to be, always turn your vehicle off and lock it up. There’s been many cases of people leaving their vehicle running to make a quick trip to the ATM, gas station or shop and when they come back, their vehicles are gone. This is one of the easiest ways to have your vehicle stolen. We therefore suggest individuals take more caution in the simple acts they conduct which can lead to some dissatisfying endings.
- Invest in an Auto Recovery System
It is better to be safe than sorry – the best chance of recovering your vehicle in the event of theft is to have an auto recovery tracking system installed. Using GPS tracking technology like Find My iPhone or Android Device Manager, the system locates your vehicle for you or the police to recover before anything further can happen.
Having your vehicle stolen can be a very painful experience indeed, but if you’ve followed our advice you will give yourself every chance of avoiding this harrowing affair.
If you haven’t already done so, make sure your vehicle is insured by obtaining a car insurance quotation from us at BestQuoteBB.com We can also provide you with insurance cover for your home and business. Contact us today at 1-246-537-0140.