It is a sad fact that car theft happens on a daily basis. There are some cities where cars being stolen is more common than not, but are we to blame for these crimes? Sometimes, the answer to that question is yes. We are usually at fault for stolen vehicles for a number of reasons. Read on to find out how best to avoid car theft, because no one wants their car stolen.
The first thing to keep in mind is that carjacking is an incredibly lucrative business. There is a reason why there are so many Grand Theft Auto games and movies about car theft. While it is illegal, stealing vehicles makes the big bucks.
You should know to never leave your keys in your car, but some people have decided that this is okay, for some reason. Leaving your keys in your car is basically like handing them over to the criminal and telling him, "Enjoy!" A related scenario is leaving your car unlocked, or even hiding another set of car keys somewhere within your vehicle. These are among the worst things you can do, because you are practically waving a flag and telling people to steal your car.
If you think that any of those car security devices work, you should look into the facts. Items like the club steering wheel lock or the brake pedal lock are ineffective because professional thieves can take a saw to your steering wheel or brake pedal. Yes, this may take some time, but sometimes these crooks have all the time in the world to get their work done. Think about how much time you spend at work without going to your car. Using an audible car alarm is also a bad idea for several reasons. For one, you are contributing to noise pollution, and honestly, they do not work. All they do is make a lot of noise, but if you are in a building, you may not hear it until it is too late.
These next tips may be no-brainers, but sometimes we all need reminders. Be sure to park your car in a well-lit area and always lock it, even if you are parking at home. Do not ever leave your car running while you go into a building "really quick." Check your windows before leaving your car to make sure they are tightly shut. Never leave your valuables in plain sight, and better yet, do not leave them in the car at all.
Keep in mind that if you use your surroundings effectively, you can avoid car theft. Use your garage as it is meant to be used: to park your car inside it safely. If you do not have a garage, try pulling your car in as close to your house as you can. Making your car more difficult to steal will likely save you from unnecessary theft. Also consider parking a less desirable car behind your own to make it even more complicated for criminals to steal your car. If your vehicle is on a list of cars that thieves covet, you should definitely consider doing this. Be sure to keep your car insurance updated in case of theft.