AOL Autos had a great article on how to foil a car thief, with tips on making sure your car insurance doesn't end up having to replace it.
It never occurrs to most people that a car thief could work so quickly on a locked car, but according to the article, you could walk into a convenience store, buy coffee, and walk out to find your automobile heading down the road without you. They also say that New Years day is the biggest day for car thefts.
Below are some of the tips they provide to protect your vehicle:
- Park only in well-lit, populated areas.
- Always take your keys and lock your car.
- Don't use any of those magnetic key holders or leave spare keys on your car. Thieves know exactly where to look.
- Though they say car alarms are not that useful, it does tend to make the thief feel he has to work faster, and if he runs into multiple safety measures, he may move on to an easier target.
- Applying the emergency brake, turning your wheels to the right or left, putting the car in park, and using a vehicle recovery system or engine immobilizer device will help.
One unique suggestion was if you are parking in an airport parking lot or long term somewhere, to remove the cables to your car battery. If it doesn't start easily, the thief will move on.
Lastly, they advise to engrave the VIN number in the trunk, on your stereo equipment, or inside your doors. Your local police will probably offer this service.
Think smart, don't be a victim, and always keep adequate coverage on your auto. Visit our website to get a SC car insurance quote, and see how much money we can save you with a good driving record.