Most of car owners don’t think about car theft prevention until it’s too late. Getting your car stolen is never a nice experience for anyone involved.
So what can you do to avoid becoming a target?
Here are 10 ways of preventing car theft that everyone should know:
- Certain brands and models are high risk: When purchasing your new car, do your research as some cars are more prone to be stolen or stripped of parts than others.
- Be aware of your surroundings: Especially by traffic lights, in garages, parking lots and gas stations. Keep your car locked while driving and if you need to make a call or other tasks while in the car, make sure the doors are locked while doing this.
- Make sure to lock your car: Modern cars may be harder to steal but we tend to forget to lock them or leave a window open as we are always in a hurry!
- Avoid leaving valuables inside your vehicle where passersby can see them: If someone sees your laptop or wallet (or even just some loose change) sitting in your car, they could be tempted to break in and take it — and once they’re inside, it’ll be mighty tempting to drive away, too.
- The ideal car to steal is the one with no visible security: Install an anti-theft system for your car and don’t forget to put a sticker on your windshield to let thieves know an alarm is in place. Also consider using a physical anti-theft device like a steering wheel lock. Not only will it make the thief’s job a lot harder, but if the metal bar is visible from outside and it could scare the thieves off before they even get started
- Choose where you park: Car thieves perform better without an audience and in the dark. So avoid parking in dark alleyways, secluded or other hidden spaces. For extra security, try to park where there is movement and possible security cameras.
- Try to park your car with the front facing an obstacle: Turn the wheels towards the curb and leave the car in a gear. This makes it harder for thieves to tow your car or drive away.
- Hide your keys. While it might convenient to keep your car keys on a hook by the front door, it’s also the first place a thief will look for them. Whether someone breaks into your home or just opens your unlocked front door, having the keys close to the door would make the job very easy for them.
- If confronted by a carjacker, do not resist: Cars can be replaced; you can’t!
- Sign up for an insurance that includes car theft as a cover! Our TP- Fire & Theft and Auto Plus Extra insurance covers if your car would be stolen, crashed or stripped for parts.