Top Five Car Security Tips

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Can’t imagine life without your car? Neither could we, which is why we compiled a list of our top five car security tips to ensure you do everything possible to deter potential thieves.

1. Hide loose items in your car

Let’s start with the obvious preventative measures to keeping your car secure.

Stow away any items that are loose in your car – especially valuables like laptops and phones. Even then this should be a last resort and you should take them with you if possible.

Most modern cars come with plenty of concealed storage space for your bits and bobs, so be sure to make the most of them. Centre consoles, gloveboxes and your car’s boot are ideal locations for any loose valuables.

The car itself doesn’t necessarily need to be a large minivan or SUV, either. Compact models such as the Toyota Prius and Volkswagen Golf have great stowage capabilities.

2. Double check windows and doors when leaving your car

Most of us are guilty of leaving a window or roof hatch open when popping into the shops for half an hour. This is especially true on a hot day, where the thought of sitting back in a red-hot car seat and desert-like interior are too much to handle.

It’s times like these that are opportune moments for even the pettiest of thieves to gain access to your motor. Even locking your car after getting out, while it seems basic, can be forgotten. However, doing these essentials will guarantee that essential first wall of security.

3. Make sure your car alarm works

Most modern cars are fitted with a standard sensor trigger alarm for when the doors or windows are opened without a key. However, if your old faithful is getting on a bit, there’s a chance that there may not even be this basic car security system fitted.

The good news is that for a small fee a car alarm can be fitted onto your older car, provided it didn’t have one fitted already.

Unsure as to whether your car has an alarm? Check your car’s handbook, which should tell you this information. If it’s not got one you should look at having one fitted as a matter of urgency.

4. Look at buying more security features

Steering wheel lock

Some immobilising devices aren’t standard car security features. However, they can be fitted in order to maximise your vehicle’s protection.

A basic and accessible immobilising device for your car is a steering wheel lock. Even if your car key was stolen, a standard steering wheel lock can be a powerful deterrent to potential thieves. Not only is it visible for passers-by to see and serves as a deterrent, but it also makes it extremely difficult for someone to drive away in your car if they do decide to break into it.

The best ones are easily fitted and would require a lot of noisy tools and an experienced hand in order to remove them.

Smart keys

On the more tech-savvy end of the car security spectrum are smart keys, which are becoming increasingly popular among modern cars.

Mercedes essentially introduced the concept with a “Key-less Go” system in 1998, however manufacturers such as Nissan have more recently took the idea on board. These contemporary devices allow you to keep your key pocketed when unlocking, locking and starting your car. This means that a car which is compatible with it cannot be started unless you’re inside with the key in your pocket.

5. Storing your car

There’s a reason why your insurers want to know where and how you will be storing your car when you aren’t driving it.

The more secure your car is, the less likely you are to make a claim to your insurance provider relating to your car being stolen. For this reason, be sure keep your car somewhere that is both near and secure to your home, such as a locked garage or driveway.

If you must park your car with a permit on a main road, then taking preventative measures such as the ones above will make sure your car’s security is maximised.

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