Avoiding Car Theft
By: Good2GoPublished: September 14, 2016
There are so many things drivers do subconsciously to prevent car theft. It’s common knowledge to lock your doors and close the windows when you leave. Most of us know not to leave your car running while it’s unattended, and to keep valuables out of the sight of people walking past. Whatever steps you are taking to make your car less attractive to a thief, there is still usually something else you could be doing to be more cautious. Here are a few ideas to keep your car and the valuables inside it safe at all times.
Know Your Surroundings
Be aware of what is around you and always stay alert. Try to avoid driving through certain neighborhoods if you know they have a high crime rate. Always be extra cautious at night, and be sure to park in areas that are well-lit, or have a parking attendant. If you notice suspicious behavior, be sure to report it to local law enforcement as soon as possible.
Install an Anti-Theft System
Although many vehicles already come equipped with an anti-theft system, there are several types you can install yourself. Some of these systems work in tandem with the police, with a hidden transmitter in the car that is activated once a theft is reported. There are several cost effective devices, like a steering wheel lock or an electronic immobilizer. Although many major chain-retailers will install a device for you, it might be worth it to visit a professional installation company, since many professional car thieves can deactivate a system that’s been installed poorly. Keep in mind that if a non-factory anti-theft system is installed and damaged as part of a comprehensive or collision claim, most insurers, including Good2Go, will not provide coverage for the loss.
Remove Personal Information from Your Car
Personal information can include the car’s title, registration, or anything with a home address on it. Many people store this information in their glove compartment, but it’s a better idea to just keep it with you. If a car thief is pulled over, he or she most likely can get away if they can produce the vehicle registration. If you are not the sole driver of your vehicle, then hide the registration in a location that only those authorized to drive the vehicle will know.
Think Like a Thief
But don’t act like a thief! Knowing common car theft tactics can help you look out for typical car thief behavior and avoid it. Car thieves tend to prefer high-performance cars with interchangeable parts so they can dismantle them and sell them. Many professional car thieves will rear-end a vehicle they are looking to steal, and will then quickly get into the driver’s seat and drive away while the vehicle owner is looking for damage.
The idea of having your car stolen is stressful, but there are small, inexpensive ways you can prevent yourself from becoming a victim of car theft. If you are involved in a situation with a carjacker, always remember that your life is more valuable than your car. Avoid escalating the situation and call the police as soon as you feel safe.
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