How to Prevent Your Car Being Stolen
There is one vehicle stolen for every 27 second in country like USA. That a one scary fact for all of us who own a car.
Avoidance is better than heal; this should be your ‘mantra’ if you don’t want to be the next casualty of car theft network that is active all over the world.
If motor vehicle departments of many countries are to be believed, over millions of cars are going to be stolen this year. But you are definitely not going to be one of those unfortunate car owners if you keep in mind the following tips.
Never forget these words lock and key. Over fifty percent of the car thefts occur due to driver’s forgetfulness; either he leaves the car running, or he forgets the key in the ignition or sometimes forgets to lock the garage door or the door of the car itself.
Here’s one of the things to do to avoid your car being stolen:
- Make sure you roll up your windows.
- Take the key and lock the door before leaving the car unattended.
- Attended car parks are safer than the unattended ones.
- Make sure the car park is well lit. The wheels should be turned toward the side in driveways in the parking position so that it can’t be easily towed away.
- If you are leaving the car for an extended period of time, disable it by removing the electronic ignition fuse, coil wire, rotor distributor.
Also remember, don’t make it easy for the thief. Don’t leave the registration documents inside the Car. If you do this, it will make life easier for the thief who will use these documents to sell your stolen car.
Preserve the title in a safe place at home. Our car mostly our second biggest investment after our home, so please do not afraid to spend in antitheft devices. To top your antitheft measure, invest in a range of antitheft devices for ultimate protection.
The common anti-theft devices include:
- Fuel-kill switches,
- Ignition-kill switches
- Car alarms
- Steering wheel locks
Other car security systems provide you with an anti theft solution but if your car is stolen in spite of that, then the tracking device takes centre stage and helps the police track and recover your car. Thus it provides the ultimate part of your anti-theft measures.
Just like your monetary obligation doesn’t end with buying the mobile handset, in the same way buying the tracking product is only the first step. You have to pay a monthly service fee to keep the tracking service.
GPS tracking system, of cause a little more investment but lot more safety. With a GPS (Global Positioning System) car tracking system, a car can be tracked on a computer map at a central monitoring station. Some of the systems come with the feature of verbal communication with the operator at the central station. This feature comes to great help particularly in the instances of car jacking.
The higher end car tracking services act on a proactive basis if theo perators find the vehicle running at an odd hour through an odd place, they will contact the owner by phone to confirm that the owner of the vehicle is aware of its whereabouts. Otherwise the police are informed immediately.
With a rather high product price and monthly rental service charges, car trackers are no doubt expensive. But remember, they are among the most effective security systems available today. So don’t compromise security for money. After your entire insurer may well offer up to 10% off the premium if they know your vehicle has a tracking device.
Make sure, all the devices are installed properly; otherwise it may affect the car’s electrical system. It will be prudent to seek the help of a professional in this case.
Never leave valuables in plain view, even if your car is locked. Also check with vehicle theft tracking/security system to know whether your model belongs to the frequently stolen car model list. Get the VIN number etched on the windows.
Lastly, don’t get upset if the worst happens despite all your precautions: Inform the police as fast as possible including the location and time of the theft.