Protect Your Vehicle from Theft with These SuggestionsInk Well Mag November 28, 2016 0 COMMENTS
Keeping your vehicle safe shouldn’t be the sole responsibility of your insurance company. As a matter of fact, though you pay your premiums yearly, you probably don’t want to use your insurance because your vehicle was stolen or damaged. The first step to avoiding such problems is better care and forward thinking.
Here are some pieces of advice on how to keep your vehicle.
Don’t park on the street
A lot of people park on the street even if they have a garage. Even when the garage is not overflowing with boxes of unused items, garden tools and equipment, some homeowners park their car somewhere else because they believe it saves them time. You can finance garages and sheds interest-free if your concern is you don’t have the garage space for your extra car. Garage it if you want to keep it.
Don’t leave it with the engine running
Leaving your car with the engine running as you withdraw money from the cash machine or open your gate is an open invitation to carjackers who might just be walking around looking nondescript and harmless. Park properly in a safe place, kill the engine, lock the car, then leave. If you have someone with you, ask if they can open the gate for you.
Use a good alarm system
A cheap alarm system may be a deterrent for most opportunistic car thieves, but it won’t stop the dedicated ones. Invest in a premium antitheft alarm system and engine immobiliser.
Clean your car
A clean car will give thieves the impression that the owner takes care of it and probably cares enough to install other means of protection, so most thieves are likely to walk away.
Drive a stick
In some cases, the only reason a thief would walk away is because the car doesn’t have an automatic transmission. Besides, a stick shift is more fun to drive.
These are just a few of the many ways you can keep your car safe from theft. Although there is no 100% guaranteed way to protect your car from all thieves and carjackers, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t try to make it harder for them to do it.