Car thieves are becoming increasingly organised and, in a few seconds, they can steal your car. Here are a few precautions you can do to prevent this:
Installing a well-hidden kill switch is a good way to deter potential thieves. These switches disrupt the flow of electricity at the battery or ignition switch or disable the fuel pump, making the car virtually theft proof.
Many thieves are not necessarily after the whole car, just parts that they can sell on. Fit a car alarm with a motion sensor, which will prevent both the theft of the car and also the theft of parts taken from the outside. The motion sensor will trigger off an alarm if there is any movement on, or near, the car.
Many people make the mistake of hiding a spare key under the wheel-well or some other place under their car, in case they lose their key and get locked out of the car. The problem is, criminals have caught onto this. Getting a new key cut is less hassle than getting your car back from a thief. Keep your car keys and spare keys in a safe place. If your house is broken into and your keys are sitting on the side, this is an open invitation to steal your car. The added problem with this is your insurance won’t pay out, as most policies have ‘keys in car’ exclusions.
In this age of technology, we can now fit a truck camera http://www.backwatch.co.uk/ to our vehicles which capture clear images of both inside and outside the car. The video footage, which can be sent to a server, will assist police in catching the thief and returning your car.
Car thieves can sometimes be fussy about what they steal. Organised gangs have lists of luxury cars that are stolen to order. Range Rovers, Land Rovers, BMWs, Audi and Mercedes are classy targets. Due to desirability and demand, cars such as these are stolen to order for distribution overseas. There is also a high demand for classic cars, as their spare parts are much sought after. When you are buying a new or used car, keep these thoughts in mind and weigh up the options.
Don’t be a statistic, take precautions and keep your car safe.