A car is an attractive target for a thief. Since cars usually go unattended for long periods, they can be very vulnerable. It also is relatively quick to steal from a car. Most vehicle thefts do not actually involve stealing the car itself, but rather items from it. The CD player is a common choice, as is the GPS system and any other valuables that can be taken quickly. Of course, this is something that all motorists will want to avoid, so here are a few tips to keep your vehicle safe.
A lot of the things you can do are simply common sense and do not even involve you spending any money. Just do all you can in order to make your car an unappealing target for a thief.
Thieves want to get in and get out as quickly as possible, so make sure that this is not an option with your vehicle. First and foremost, you need to lock your car and roll up its windows. This might seem pretty obvious, but a lot of drivers neglect to do it, especially if they will be gone only for a little while. However, it takes a thief less than a minute to break in and steal whatever is sitting around.
This brings us to our next point: do not leave valuables in your car, especially within plain sight. Cash, credit cards, phones, laptops, they should all be taken with you. If there is something that you cannot take, put it in the trunk before you go so that it is out of sight.
The Car Itself
There are also thieves that are interested in taking your car it self, not just valuables found inside. In order to avoid this, you must never leave your keys in the ignition. This is an open invitation for car thieves. At the same time, never leave your engine running, even if you are just popping into a store to buy something.
If you want to be extra-safe, you will need to spend some extra money. All new cars come equipped with alarm devices, but some of them older models might not have them. In this case, you can purchase one yourself. They are often enough to deter thieves that do not want to cause a lot of noise. You can go even further with a mechanical device that locks the steering and braking. Most thieves would want to avoid this and simply move on to their next target. Lastly, a tracking system can let the police know where your car is if it ever gets stolen. Again, newer models will already have this installed, but you will have to purchase it for older cars. The most advanced systems are linked to the engine and can cause the car to stop running automatically if it is reported stolen.
The Ultimate Protection
The final way to protect your car and the items in it is by adding theft coverage to your insurance policy. Theft protection will reimburse you for your loss up to the level of protection you’ve chosen, minus the deductible you’ve specified.