Ways To Prevent Car Theft | VinFast
Ways To Prevent Car Theft
As we recover from a difficult year for the US economy, opportunity crimes, such as car theft, are on the rise. Motorists across the country are searching for solutions to deter car thieves from getting in their vehicles. While there is no surefire option that’ll keep you safe from theft, there are certain steps you can take to make you and your vehicle much less of a target.
Always Lock Your Doors
This is probably the easiest preventative measure to take for all drivers. Your car should be locked at all times. It doesn’t matter if you’re driving or leaving your car in the parking lot to head into the grocery store. Keeping your car doors locked will prevent thieves from gaining easy access to your vehicle. It’s good to get into the habit of checking your car doors to make sure they’re always locked.
Keep Valuables out of Sight
You always want to keep any valuables out of sight when parking your car. This includes wallets, cell phones, laptops, and even backpacks. Keeping any items that could be deemed valuable to a thief will put your vehicle at risk for a break-in. If you absolutely must store important items in your car, it’s best to keep them in the trunk, centrer console, or glove compartment, where they can’t be seen from the exterior of the vehicle.
Keep Your Windows Closed
Keeping your window closed sounds like an obvious solution to stopping car theft, but there’s a bit more to this tip. You want to make sure your windows are completely closed. Any little opening in your car’s window could allow a thief to break and enter your vehicle. Thieves can simply reach in and take what they want or unlock the door, and gain full access to everything in it.
Park Your Car in Well-Lit, Well-Trafficked Areas
It’s always a good idea to park in an area that is well-lit and has a sizable number of pedestrians around. Thieves tend to target cars that are alone and on poorly trafficked streets for obvious reasons. It makes it much less likely for them to get caught, as no witnesses are around. Whenever you’re headed into a store or other location, it’s best to park as close as possible to the building. Not only will this deter thieves due to heightened foot traffic, but security cameras can also help you if your car does happen to be broken into.
Install Anti-Theft Devices and Alarm Systems
Over the past few years, there have been tons of solutions created to help motorists deter thieves from entering their vehicles. Today, most cars come with an alarm system. If your vehicle doesn’t, it’s a good idea to install one immediately. An audible alarm will sound when someone attempts to enter your vehicle while it is locked, and the car is one. The unwanted attention can be a useful deterrent in chasing away potential thieves.
Installing anti-theft devices like a vehicle immobilizer system can prevent thieves from bypassing your ignition through a hotwire. These systems can incorporate smart keys and kill switches to disable your vehicle if a thief tries to take off with it. You’ll likely need to get one of these devices professionally installed by your local mechanic or technician.
Use a Tracking Device
In the unfortunate event that your vehicle is stolen, a tracking device is your best bet at retrieving it. When your car is stolen, a tracking device can help you monitor it via your phone. Some systems even notify the police directly, so you don’t have to. More and more, auto manufacturers like Mercedes and BMW have introduced these devices as an upgradable option on certain vehicle models. However, acquiring one from your local car tech shop shouldn’t be too much of a hassle, either.
Always Be Alert
Finally, always be alert when traveling with your car. Keep a mental note of your surroundings, and don’t be afraid to move your car if you notice individuals loitering or just feel uneasy about the area. When you leave your vehicle parked, make sure to double-check that your doors are locked and windows are closed to avoid presenting an easy target for thieves.
Car theft has become increasingly more common since the COVID-19 pandemic began. Previously, many motorists simply weren’t worried about the chance that their vehicles might be stolen. However, this is now a very real possibility for drivers across Canada. To protect yourself and your valuables, be sure to implement the steps above while you’re out and about with your vehicle.
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