Wednesday, April 28, 2010

How to prevent your car from being stolen or broken into.

You don’t have to drive the most sophisticated of cars for your vehicle to be a target to theft. Older cars are actually sought out more because they lack the security that the newer cars are fitted with.

The longer it takes to steal a car, the better the chances are it won’t be stolen. You can’t stop a thief from stealing your car but you can definitely make your car less appealing by following a few simple tips.

Keep valuables out of sight – Most cars are stolen for simple reasons.

1. The keys are left inside,
2. There are bags left in plain view or ...
3. Valuables such as wallet left on the dashboard. Put all valuables in the trunk or glove box.

Never leave your car unattended – Car alarms are becoming harder to bypass so unattended cars are becoming bigger targets. Even if you’re leaving your car for just a few moments, remove the key from the ignition and lock the doors.

Park in well lighted areas – Thieves like to steal in the night and do not want witnesses so try to park in the brightest area or in an attended parking lot.

Lock all doors and windows – People still forget to lock their days and even on the hottest of

days, roll up your windows. The smallest opening can make your car an easy target for theft.

Install Car alarms and indicators – You want to make the thief aware that there is an alarm system installed. Use alarm stickers on windows but leave out what type of alarm is installed. Use LED indicators so it’s more visual for the thief. Your car alarm should be loud enough to attract attention when it goes off.

A separate battery for the alarm system – The first thing a thief will do is try and cut the battery cable as the car alarm is tied into the battery. Use a hidden 12V motorcycle battery for the alarm system.

Although following these steps will not provide 100% protection from theft, they will make your vehicle less attractive to the thieves.

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