If you own a car, it can become at risk for theft, whether it’s in a public parking lot or just in your driveway. Try to make your car more of a challenge for potential thieves so that they will keep moving on.
Here are four recommendations from the National Insurance Crime Bureau to help protect your vehicle from theft:
- Use common sense – Always roll up your windows completely, lock the doors and take your keys with you. Don’t leave spare keys hidden because a thief will likely find them. Keep valuables out of sight, such as purses, wallets, cell phones, clothes and even change. They are attractive and easy targets. Park in well-lit areas, such as the end of a row and near a light. If you park in a lot that has a valet, just give them the ignition key.
- Use Visible and audible devices – You may want to consider having your Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) etched into your windows. It makes your car less attractive to a thief who wants to send your car to a chop shop. A steering wheel lock is highly visible and will deter some thieves. Also, a loud alarm can alert you that your vehicle is being tampered with.
- Use immobilizing devices – These devices actually shut off your car’s electrical or fuel supply. Without a key, or knowing where the hidden switch is located, a thief can’t drive your car away.
- Install a tracking device – Drivers can now install a device that allows police to track their vehicle and recover it as quickly as possible.
Remember: Be observant of your surroundings, get descriptions of suspicious people and vehicles, including license plate numbers. If you catch a thief in the act, call 911 but don’t approach the person. Your safety is more important than the car.
Have more questions about safety from theft? Contact our ASE Certified technicians at Dependable Car Care for more information about auto service and to schedule an appointment. Our full-service auto center proudly serves residents in the community of Ventura, CA, and surrounding area.