Protecting Your Car From Theft
Posted 10/01/21 by Elspeth McIntyre
Here at 3D Autokeys, we take vehicle security seriously! Our dedicated team of auto locksmith professionals are often called out to vehicles to enhance security measures. Aside from professional services that you can view here, you can take action to protect your vehicle.
According to the Office for National Statistics, there were 113,037 incidents of car theft reported in 2019, which was a 9% increase from the year before. The Association of British Insurers also reported an increase of 11% in the number of cases linked to car theft. As the facts prove, car theft is on the rise, and thus, extra precautions may be necessary when it comes to car security.
Locking Your Car
This may seem apparent, but you would be surprised by the number of people who fail to lock their cars when they are not inside. This is prime time for a thief to try their luck; they will often spend their time trawling streets, simply checking car doors to see if they are locked. Don’t let yours be the unlocked car they land on!
Many thieves are opportunistic and will strike if they see something valuable and worth stealing; it’s best to conceal valuables in your car by putting them in the glove compartment, boot or under the seats.
Close your windows
We know that the summer heat can sway you to leave your windows open; however, this is a huge no-no in terms of safety. You are leaving direct access to your vehicle.
Ensure Your Car Is Alarmed
Again, this may seem obvious; however, some older cars, maybe vintage models, do not come with alarms. Therefore, especially for these more valuable models, installing an alarm with help from an expert is essential. Vehicle alarms work as a deterrent; the thief is much less likely to steal your car, as attention has already been raised.
Keyless Car Security
Keyless cars are particularly vulnerable to intelligent criminals, who can use computer software to scan your keys’ wireless signal and then copy this to their laptop. This enables them to gain access to your vehicle and drive away with it. This type of theft is called ‘what is keyless car theft?’; we have an article about this topic.
A simple way of ensuring the safety of your vehicle is to apply a steering lock when you have vacated your vehicle. Similar to the alarm, it will act as a deterrent, as the theft will be much more challenging and take more time.
Don’t leave the car running
We get it, you’re just nipping back to your house, you forgot your coffee! However, leaving your vehicle running while you nip back inside is a thief’s dream come true.
Park in well-lit areas
Finally, if you leave your car on the street, try to park under a street light. The more visible your vehicle is, the less likely it will be targeted by criminals.
If you take all of these precautions and still think additional security measures need to be taken to protect your vehicle; 3D Autokeys understand! We are experts in vehicle security, chat with one of our friendly team to discuss your options.
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