According to the FBI, almost 800,000 motor vehicles were reported stolen in 2017. As your mode of transportation and a valuable investment, your car should be kept secure to the best of your ability. Thieve are incredibly savvy and have a variety of modern techniques to stealing vehicles. QuickPro Locksmith suggests the following tips to keep you from becoming a victim of a car theft. If you would like to hire a certified locksmith, then call QuickPro Locksmith. We are available 24/7 to respond to emergency calls so call QuickPro Locksmith anytime you need. Our friendly representatives are always ready to take your call.
Lock Your Doors
Let’s start with the obvious. The first step to keeping your car secure is by putting its security mechanisms to use. Get in the habit of checking to make sure your car is locked.
Remove Your Keys from The Ignition
Don’t leave your car running, even if you are just running in a building for a quick errand. All it takes is a few seconds for a thief to make off with your car. Additionally, do not leave spare keys around or inside your vehicle. Some car owners leave a spare key under their car in the event of a lockout, but car thieves know where to check for these spare keys.
Close the Windows
Open windows are just as inviting as an unlocked door. Close your windows completely if you do not want a thief reaching into your vehicle to take what they desire or hotwiring your car.
Park in Well Lit Areas
A great way to deter thieves is by increasing the likelihood of them being caught red-handed. Park your vehicle under a light, in a well-trafficked area, and/or in the view of security cameras. Otherwise, you give potential thieves a temptation.
Install an Alarm System or Anti-Theft Device
Further deter thieves by installing an alarm system if your vehicle did not come with one pre-installed. The loud noises emitted by the alarm system will attract the attention of people nearby, including you, and scare the thief away. Anti-theft devices also make a vehicle more difficult to steal.
Install a Vehicle Immobilizer System
Hotwiring is a notorious method thieves use to steal cars. An immobilizer system can disable your car so that the thief cannot take off with your vehicle. Mechanics and locksmiths like QuickPro Locksmith can help you with the installation.
Install a Tracking System
A tracking system comes into play “after the fact” but is helpful, nonetheless. The tracking system will use wireless or GPS technology to monitor the location of your vehicle, allowing you to retrieve the car. Be sure to seek police assistance. Going to the location on your own can be dangerous!
Don’t Leave Valuables in Your Car
Leaving cell phones, purses, electronics, and other valuables in your car is a great way to attract thieves. Don’t tempt thieves. Keep valuables in secure locations – not in your car.