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Car Safety Tips: How To Reduce Risk of Theft

Date: Thu 28th February 2019   |   Author: L Blake

Whether your vehicle is a prized possession or a means of getting from A to B, the last thing you would want is to have it broken into or stolen. Repairs can be costly and the process of recovering a stolen vehicle can be long-winded and often unsuccessful. We’ve compiled a list of car safety tips to keep your vehicle safe and reduce the chances of it being stolen.

Keep your car locked

It goes without saying that you should never leave your car running and should lock it whenever you get out of the vehicle and leave it, even if you are just nipping back into the house for something you’ve forgotten.

If your car uses a key fob, be sure to double check the doors to make sure that they are securely locked before you walk away. It’s better to be safe than sorry!

This tip doesn’t just apply to doors but to boots, windows and sunroofs as well. Make sure that your sunroof is closed, your windows are up and your car boot is locked. It might seem like a hassle to check every window and door but it’s the only way to ensure that the car is locked securely.

Keep your car keys safe

Keeping your car safe using our other tips is great, but what use would they be if you were careless with your car keys? Never leave your keys in your car or unattended in public, this could result in you becoming an easy target.

At home, be sure to keep your car keys somewhere safe and out of sight. Criminals have been known to retrieve keys through letterboxes and windows using wire, so try to avoid leaving your keys in a porch, hallway or near windows.

That being said, if a thief is determined to steal your car, it is far better to let them take it than put yourself or your family at risk. For this reason, avoid keeping your keys upstairs or in a bedroom.

Leave your documents at home

It might seem like a sensible idea to keep your documents together and keep them inside your car in case you need them. But leaving your logbook, service records or insurance information inside your car will make it really easy for car thieves to sell your car if it gets stolen. You could even become a victim of identity fraud.

You may also want to think twice about leaving receipts, letters or other forms of identification in your car. Leave your documents at home, in a safe place.

Park somewhere safe and secure

When you come to park your car, try to take in your surroundings and ask yourself if where you are parking is safe. Is it well-lit? Is it in public view? Are there other cars around?

Try to use your common sense. If you need to use a car park, try to find one that has CCTV or is security patrolled. If you are going to use street parking or are parking in a store car park, try to park close to other vehicles.

Thieves will be less likely to target your vehicle if they could be disturbed or are at risk of being seen or caught.

Remove your belongings

Avoid being a target of theft by taking your belongings with you whenever you park up somewhere. Things such as loose change, a coat or bag may not seem like obvious targets, but may be enough to tempt somebody to break in.

Be sure to remove your car stereo or shield it from view using a cover if you can. If your car has a sat-nav or dash cam, take this with you. Remember to remove the holder too, as this is a giveaway that devices may be inside the vehicle.

If you have a parcel shelf in the boot, make sure that your belongings are tucked away neatly out of view. Or, even better, keep any belongings which you do not need in your car at home and remove the parcel shelf completely, this will show potential thieves that there is nothing to steal!

Secure your car

Thieves are more likely to bypass your vehicle and move on if your vehicle looks like too much hassle for them. Make your car more secure by using a visual deterrent such as locking wheel nuts and sturdy locks covering your gear stick, pedals or steering wheel. You can also get window stickers to display that your car is fitted with an alarm.

Use a car alarm, immobiliser or tracking device

Most cars these days will include a factory fitted immobiliser but adding a car alarm can really help reduce the risk of car theft. If your car doesn’t have an immobiliser already, make fitting one a priority.

You could also fit a tracking device to your vehicle. This won’t prevent it from being stolen but it will improve the chances of your vehicle being recovered if it is stolen.

We hope you found our car safety tips helpful. For more driving tips and other interesting articles, visit the Auto Protect engage page.