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Tuesday, 25 October 2011

How To Prevent Car Theft

For many of us, our cars are not only our transportation, they're an expression of our personality. Some of us even name them! This author, for one, often grows quite attached to cars that he owns. For this reason, and to avoid obvious insurance claim headaches, it's probably a good idea to take precautions so that your car isn't stolen!

At the Insurance Experts, we've compiled a list of some of some habits and measures to help ensure your beloved car doesn't become scrap metal in a thieve's junkyard!
  • Don't leave your keys in the car. This tip falls under the category of "obvious", but you would be surprised how many people leave their keys in the car when making quick trips to the store. If they're just picking up a loaf of bread or eggs, they may just park near the door, leave the car running, and run inside. While this may be doable 90% of the time, there's always the off chance that an opportunist will jump in and speed off. 
  • Pick good parking spots. For many professional car thieves, almost any alarm system can be broken if given enough time. By picking illuminated, busy parking areas, you can avoid this problem by making your car the least attractive. Most car thieves will go for the easiest prey and if your car is in too public or well-lit a place, they may just decide to seek another vehicle. 
  • Install a tracking system. A tracking system will allow the police to track your vehicle with excellent accuracy. If well-hidden, a thief will have no idea he's about to be busted!
  • Invest in a kill switch. A kill switch engaged when leaving your vehicle turns off power to the ignition, making a car hard to start even when hotwired. The switch is usually hidden completely, so it's nearly impossible for a car thief to locate it. 
  • Record your VIN. If your vehicle is stolen, you will need your VIN number to report it stolen to the police. It's usually located on the dashboard near the front windshield. 
  • Invest in an alarm system. As mentioned earlier, alarm systems are often simply deterrents. Many alarm systems can be cracked by professional car thieves, but if they know it will take longer to get into your car they may try to rob someone else! 
Taking into consideration these tips will give you peace of mind knowing that your car is less likely to be stolen. There's always the chance that your car could be at the wrong place at the wrong time, but the more active you are in protecting it the less likely it will happen! 

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