The National Insurance Crime Bureau last year released a report that claimed one vehicle is stolen every 26 seconds in the U.S. Topping the list of the “Most Wanted” (by thieves) are Honda Civics, Honda Accords, and Toyota Camry.
Even though alarm systems are developed each year to be more powerful than those sold the year before, the problem of theft continues. Today, I am going to suggest to you five tips for protecting your car from being stolen.
Tip 1 – Have Your Alarm Installed By A Pro
Provided that your auto does not already have an anti-theft alarm installed, you’ll need to buy an aftermarket system. But, don’t have the unit installed by the employees who work at a large retail store. They’re usually not trained to do it properly and often leave wires exposed. That’s one of the first items that an experienced thief looks for. Take your vehicle to a professional to have the installation performed.
Tip 2 – See to it That You Hide Your Valuables
Assuming a thief isn’t interested in your car, but rather the valuable items that are kept inside, leaving your phone, money, and other things in the open is asking for trouble. Remember, thieves target vehicles that promise the most potential for the least amount of effort. If they see an iPhone sitting on the passenger seat, the temptation to break a window may be irresistible. Keep everything out of sight.
Tip 3 – Always Park In A Well-Lit Area
Whether you’re going to the grocery store, mall, or theater, always park your car in an area that has plenty of light. If the option is available, pay a few dollars to park in a garage where an attendant will be on duty. It is better to pay the few dollars than lose your expensive auto.
Tip 4 – Do not Leave Your Key In The Ignition
The frequency with which I’ve watched drivers leaving their engines running while getting money from the ATM, buying a cup of coffee, or returning a DVD is stunning. It’s far too easy for a car thief to sneak in and steal the vehicle when the owner is preoccupied. This happens more often than you might think. Switch it off before leaving it.
Tip 5 – Ensure You Hide Personal Information
This last tip is focused on preventing a car thief from becoming a personal threat. I have walked next to parked trucks, SUVs, and other vehicles in which the drivers have left auto insurance contracts, letters, and other personal information on the passenger seat or the dashboard. This is a recipe for trouble. Make sure that you either remove or hide every piece of personal information from your vehicle.
Taking Preventative Steps
You can avoid being victimized by car thieves if you take the five preventive steps that I’ve described above. In nearly every case, motorists become victims of auto theft as a result of making small mistakes. I therefore highly suggest that you keep yourself from making those small mistakes. Protect yourself. The harder that you make it for thieves, the less likely you’ll become a target.