Easy Ways to Prevent Auto Theft
The best idea is to use common sense.
The number one step is never leave your keys in your vehicle. It does not matter if they are in the ignition or not. If someone breaks into your vehicle it only makes it easier for them to take your vehicle, if they find the keys inside a glove compartment or a console.
Keep your doors locked and your windows rolled up. This will make breaking into your vehicle more difficult.
Try not to leave your vehicle in an unsecured spot for numerous hours. If you must leave your vehicle avoid darkened areas in parking garages, lots and on the street.
Keep all valuables out of sight. Always remove your purse, wallet or money from the vehicle unless you are inside.
Use a car alarm. Newer automobiles are equipped with alarms. Activate yours. If you do not have one, it is suggested that you purchase one.
Other items like steering wheel, tire, and brake pedal locks are available. This will help deter car thieves from taking your vehicle.
Addition to the previous options, immobilizing devices are becoming popular. They can be purchased through automobile dealers. Immobilization devices, such as a starter and a fuel pump disabler, are quite handy in stopping someone from driving your vehicle. Your vehicle cannot be driven away without the starter working or the fuel pump pushing fuel into your engine. The best way to see what is available is to use the internet and research them. This will not only list the devices, but you will be able to find which automobile dealer in your area can install them.
Identification markers and VIN etching are other great ways to decrease your vehicle's chances of being stolen.
If you live in a high risk area, purchasing a system such as LoJack or ForceTracker will help if your vehicle is stolen. This will raise your chances of recovering your vehicle. These systems work by alerting the company that your vehicle is moving. You will be notified of this information. Once you call the police, they are able to track your vehicle through a tracking system in the police cars. These are costly options, but there is an upside. Generally, depending upon your insurance company, you may be able to receive an discount on your automobile insurance. A thing to take into consideration is that LoJack is not transferable from one vehicle to another. But there are other similar systems, so it is best to research them and chose the best option for you.
Consider this, your insurance rates rise by $200 to $300 per year if your vehicle is stolen. So your goal is to prevent this from happening. Using the previously stated ideas together are beneficial for you and your vehicle. Used on a single basis, they may deter a car thief, but implementing the common sense ideas alone will get you started in the right direction.
Vehicle tracking software, offered by companies such as Wireless Matrix, can help find your car if it's stolen.