Protecting Your Vehicle from Theft
You’ve, no doubt, put a lot of work into acquiring your car (not to mention paying for it) and the last thing you want is for some random thief to just up and drive away with it. Here are a few measures you can take to tilt the odds in your favor to ensure that never happens.
How it’ll protect your ride: Car thieves generally keep their prying eyes open for cars out on the street. This logic dictates that if you car isn’t on the street, it’s far less likely to get stolen. For people who live in cities, this probably means renting a garage or a parking space. While it’s probably not the cheapest option, try to think of it as an investment in your car’s safety.
Keep Your Car in Good Shape
How it’ll protect your ride: Following the broken windows theory, a well-maintained car will deter potential carjackers. If they see that you care about and take care of your car, you’re more likely to have an alarm, more likely to have a way to find it, and more likely to notice it missing.
Have an Alarm Sticker/LED
How it’ll protect your ride: Much like those “Protected by” signs in front of houses serve to deter burglars, so do big visual signs of a tougher job for a car thieves. In a row of parked cars, you can bet the one with the blinking LED or security system sticker indicating an alarm is far less likely to get stolen (regardless of whether the alarm actually exists or not, but of course having one can’t hurt).
Don’t Leave Valuables in Sight
How it’ll protect your ride: Imagine this scenario: you see Car One with a crumpled up receipts on the floor. Parked next to it is Car Two which has an iPad and a just sitting in the passenger’s seat. Which car would you be more tempted to break into? The reasoning is pretty simple — make it seem like there’s nothing in your car worth taking. Valuables in sight can convince a thief to give your car a try when he or she (yes, girls can be car thieves, too) otherwise wouldn’t.
Park in a Safe Area
How it’ll protect your ride: This one isn’t rocket science. Areas with high crime rates more than likely contain a higher number of criminals. More criminals means your car is at higher risk. Try your best to steer clear of areas like this, so to speak.
Lock the Doors
How it’ll protect your ride: This one is so simple you’d be surprised how many people forget to do it. When you complete a thief’s first step for him (or her), they’ll no doubt repay your kindness by relieving you of your vehicle.
Take Your Steering Wheel With You
How it’ll protect your ride: How well do you think you can drive a car without a steering wheel? Not well at all. For this to work, all you need is a quick-release hub for your steering wheel. While this does require more effort than your run-of-the-mill car theft deterrent, this all but ensures you car is going nowhere without you.
Drive a Manual
How it’ll protect your ride: This one’s a bit of a surprise but actually makes sense when you think about it. Manual transmission cars have become a sad minority among today’s modern vehicles. A huge number of people no longer learn how to drive stick and this includes many potential thieves. And if they can’t drive, it they can’t take it.
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