5 Ways to Protect Your Car from Theft Beyond Locking the Doors

Posted on August 8, 2017 by Jaece Hogue

Next to our homes, your car, truck, van or bus (we’re looking at you Partridge Family) is one of the biggest investments you’ll ever make.  Beyond the monetary aspect, unless you enjoy biking 20 miles to work, your car is also a critical tool for transportation and integral to your daily routine.  Why, then, wouldn’t you protect your vehicle from theft or damage?  Most of us are cognizant at least of locking the doors, but don’t put much additional thought into other simple ways to secure your vehicular asset.  The safety and security of your automobile may not be on the top of your “to-do” list, but never fear.  A-1 Locksmith is here to help you with five basic ways that you can protect your car from theft.

Don’t Leave Enticement in Plain Sight

Step one to avoiding damage to your vehicle is to not go out of your way to make it appealing to would-be thieves.  Laptops, phones, chargers and purses left on the seat in plain sight seem like easy pickings for a quick smash and grab or an extra bonus to someone looking for the best target in a parking lot.  Stash these items away in the trunk or under the seat and avoid setting yourself up for failure. Better yet, take your valuables with you.

Be Aware of Your Surroundings

Another easy way to protect your automobile is to be judicious in your selection of a parking space.  While that dark, unlit, narrow alley may seem like a convenient spot to park to avoid the mad mall rush, it’s probably not the best for automobile safety.  Well-lit and crowded areas will deter thieves who are leery of being caught in the act.  Walking a few more steps to your destination is not only good for your health, it can protect your call as well.

Engage That Security System

Many cars, late-model or not, have theft deterrence features built in. This may have been an afterthought in your review of the car in favor of your interest in the entertainment system, but your owner’s manual likely points to a vehicle security system.  So why is it, then, that most people are not aware of these features or choose not to engage them if they are?  Built-in security features differ by make and model, so please reference your owner’s manual for specifics. Whether you have a chip you can remove or an option on your key FOB, you’ll want to learn what it is and you’ll want to use it.

Know Where Your Vehicle Is at all Times

Speaking of security systems, why not take advantage of everything modern technology has to offer when it comes to protecting your vehicle.  GPS location is more common and affordable now than you might realize.  Know where your car is located in the event of a theft which can help the police locate the criminal and your property before it’s too late.

Active Security Solutions

Speaking of security, car security systems have come a long way from the days of obnoxious alarms that most people end up ignoring anyways.  Chip keys keep the engine from turning over unless the proper device is placed in the ignition.  Active security systems also disable the engine in the event of the alarm being tripped.  Others operate along the lines of home alarms and alert the appropriate authorities in the event they are triggered.

From preventative measure to proactive security solutions, car owners in need of security tips, guidance or systems should call A-1 Locksmith to discuss protecting their vehicular investment.  A few minutes and dollars spent up front can help avoid a big loss and can keep you on the road and on the go.

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