It’s never been a more stressful time to be a driver, with the increased amount of thieves everywhere, and with new and sophisticated ways of committing car crime, you need to have your wits about you when it comes to looking after your car and its contents. The fact of the matter is that there are some simple ways for you to cut down on the likelihood of your car being broken into, and here is how.
Check Your Car Is Locked
Amazingly, a lot of us walk away from our car, press the lock button on our keys, and just assume that it’s locked up. The best way to make sure your car is locked is to check that the central locking has been mobilized by listening out for that heavy sounding clunk or clicking noise. Some security experts believe that some thieves use remote locking jammers, which would prevent the signal from your key fob reaching the car, so the car stays unlocked. The best way to really make sure that it’s locked is to stay by the car when pressing the key fob.
Think About Where You Park
It doesn’t matter if you park in a nice area or not, car crime is common everywhere. It’s always best to do what you can to find somewhere that is well lit if you are parking in darkness, especially if you leave your car there longer than you plan. When parking on your driveway, make sure you park as close as you can to your house, and of course, if you are unable to make the most of a garage, there are other alternatives such as carports, which keeps your car under cover. Wherever you park, common sense should prevail. Try to make sure you park somewhere amongst other cars if you are unable to keep the good view of your car at all times. Thieves are more likely to go for a car at the end of a car park, so try and park in a built-up area.
Do You Know All Your Car’s Security Features?
A lot of modern cars have many security features, which you may not even be aware of. For example, modern cars have a system which allows them to lock automatically as soon as you pull away, so this will protect you in the event of a carjacking. It’s definitely worth having a good look at your user manual to see what new features you can take advantage of.
Keep An Eye On The Number Plates
A lot of thieves are stealing the car number plates and fitting them to their own cars to perform minor crimes. So if you come back to your car to find that the number plates have disappeared, make sure you report this to the police instantly.
It’s extremely frustrating if you find that your car has been stolen, but with a few simple methods you can be a responsible driver and make sure your car is always safe and secure wherever you go.