Any loss involving a vehicle, whether it is a break-in or the theft of a vehicle, will result in a financial setback. Motorists are best advised to take preemptive measures, some of which don’t involve spending, to keep their car from being broken into and/or stolen.
Here are some car security tips that can be put to good use:
Invest in a Car Alarm System or Anti-Theft Device
Primarily, the first thing to do when buying a new vehicle from a dealer is to ensure that it is fitted with either an anti-theft device or an alarm system before you drive off the lot. These devices are easily installed at the point of purchase and are indeed the first line of security for any vehicle. Most vehicles will however have them installed directly from the manufacturer.
Install an Aftermarket Anti-Theft Device
There are several types of aftermarket anti-theft gadgets that are available from virtually any car parts store. These are quite handy in adding to the security that the manufacturer’s installations provide (they also don’t require any sort of professional installation to be effective). Perhaps one of the more common of these devices is the type used to keep the steering wheel locked.
Ensure Doors are Locked When Leaving the Car
Locking car doors is a precaution that should always be practiced, regardless of how minute the risk may appear to be. Car break-ins and theft have been known to happen in a matter of seconds thanks to the ever-alert car thieves who make a living preying on unsuspecting or assuming car owners.
The Windows Should Always be Rolled Up
While locking car doors is a vital precaution, it surely will count for nothing if the windows are left down. Rolled down windows make for the easiest opportunities for stealing personal belongings. The worst-case scenario certainly has to be the theft of the vehicle itself.
Refrain From Leaving Valuables in Plain Sight
Most drivers are cautious enough to always keep their windows up and doors locked. It is extremely prudent, however, to remove all types of property that may attract the attention of thieves, especially when the vehicle is left unattended. Thieves will break into a car when they see items like shopping bags, purses, briefcases, backpacks etc. They will make every effort to reach these so as to search for cash, credit cards, laptops, etc.
These are just a few suggestions to help prevent one’s car from being stolen. What’s more, an individual may be able to save on auto insurance by adding anti-theft devices to a vehicle. Ask an agent in the area for any tips or helpful advice on what types of devices can earn savings and discounts.