With the recent increase in theft of vehicles and theft out of vehicles, the Blue Security team have put together five tips to help you protect your prized possession from damage and theft.
DOUBLE, TRIPLE CHECKING THAT ALL DOORS ARE LOCKED
Remote jamming- yes it’s still happening! While many are aware of this common modus operandi, criminals are still getting away with this crafty technique. These days it’s not enough to press the lock button- it’s important to check that all doors are locked.
DETERRING TYRE THEFT
Car owners typically spend a significant amount of money on their rims and tyres, which makes them a hot commodity to criminals, who steal tyres with the intention to resell them.
The removal of tyres requires space, thus parking as close to the curb as possible can help in deterring thieves from targeting your vehicle. Also, when purchasing an anti-theft car alarm, opt for an alarm equipped with sensors that attach to the wheels and will trigger if tampered with.
BEING PICKY ABOUT WHERE YOU PARK
It’s common sense that criminals prefer to operate in the dark and this was true for many of the vehicle-related thefts reported to Blue over the month of August.
The majority of these incidents occurred during the early hours of the morning, with the peak time being 3am to 4am. Parking in a secure, well-lit area can go a long way in helping to prevent vehicle theft and theft out of your vehicle.
KEEPING YOUR CAR CLEAR OF TEMPTATIONS
Hang bags, shopping bags, laptops and phones left on display in your car only create temptation for opportunistic criminals looking to snatch what they can get. Whether you’re driving or parked, keeping your valuable out of sight can reduce the likelihood of criminals breaking into your vehicle.
If you do need to leave valuables in the car, make sure you place them in the boot, but do so before you reach your destination as often thieves will scope parking lots- looking for people, who have moved items into their boot.
INSTALLING A TRACKER
While it may not prevent vehicle theft, installing a tracking device could lead to the recovery of your vehicle, if it is stolen.
When it comes to safety there’s no such thing as ‘too cautious’ and following these necessary precautions could save you a world of trouble!