You don’t want to have that feeling when you leave your house going to work or someplace else, and find an empty space where you expected to routinely find your car!
Does that just suck… doesn’t it?
If you think your car is safe, you’re wrong. Unless you already have a good security system and a garage you can lock your car in, you’re putting your car at risk of being stolen every single day.
Especially in a time when the yearly theft rate is climbing rapidly all over the world.
Knowing that you probably won’t have a goodnight’s sleep unless you’ve got your car fully secured and theft-proof.
And here’s everything you need to know about how you can do that…
How You Make Your Car Secure
Keep it locked. This is a really important thing to keep in mind, even when you leave your car for two minutes to fetch something from a mini-market or something. Don’t be reckless, you never know if someone might simply get in, and drive away with half your life savings.
Leaving your car running while you’re not in it is also a delicious treat for any car thief, especially leaving the keys inside.
Also, leaving your registration and insurance in the car is a huge risk, as some thieves look for those before heading taking off with your car. That’s because if they get pulled up, they would have something to get away with.
Needless to say, most car thieves work at night. And the safest place to park your car at night would be a populated area where people can see your car on the street or from a balcony. A lit place under a streetlight would be optimal and would look rather less attractive to any car thief out there.
Never leave valuables in your car where passersby can see them through the windows.
When you park your car, leave it on Park so they won’t be able to tow it away. (or in gear, if you drive manual)
A GPS tracker has saved more cars than you can count. Let’s say your car gets stolen – you can track it easily and give the police its coordinates and you’ll have your car back in no time. Plus, you’ll get the thief caught. Also, a GPS tracker increases the value of your car.
Another great idea you can do is remove the ignition fuse from your car after you park, and reinstall it right before you want to drive again. It requires some technical knowledge. Yes, it’s not easy. but it’s a great technique to protect your car. Your ignition fuse would be on the fuse panel, either under the dashboard or under the hood. You can find the ignition fuse using the car’s manual. All you have to do is remove it, keep it with you until you come back to your car, and then put it back when you want to go, and by that, you pretty much have a theft-proof car.
There is also a list of anti-theft systems you can use to protect your car such as mechanisms to lock your wheels or your steering wheel, ignition locks that work much like removing your ignition fuse from the system, tracking systems, or a passive alarm.
Some thieves bump into your car on purpose so you’d get out of it to check, and someone would get into your car and drive away with it. It is a really common method of theft. So, you have to be aware of your surroundings and take everything into account because you never know what might happen.
Another thing to keep in mind is that if you ever wanted to cash your car, and take it for a test drive, make sure you inform someone close to you when the test drive starts. And make sure you choose the location of the test drive to be next to an area where there are a lot of people and maybe somewhere where security cameras exist; so, if something was to happen, you’d be exposed to other people that might notice something going wrong. And that in itself would make the thief feel not comfortable.
That’s how you make your car theft-proof and can sleep well at night… but whatever happens, keep in mind that your car can be replaced. However, your health and safety is the most important thing here. So stay safe, and drive safe.
Anshed Mulla is the Managing Director of Sell Your Motors in the UAE. Sell Your Motors is a company that offers car buying services in Dubai.
For over 10 years, Sell Your Motors has been a noteworthy company in the automobile trading industry; offering professional purchasing services that reached thousands of people in the UAE.