Top 10 Tips on How to Prevent Auto Theft
Few emotions compare to the feeling you get when you hit the accelerator in your BMW 7 Series or settle into the plush leather seats of your Mercedes-Benz. At the opposite end of the spectrum, there are few feelings more heartbreaking than finding your dream car stolen. Here at the Certified Autoplex, we have met with drivers who have experienced both the highs and lows we highlighted. Prevent the lows and take a look at these top 10 tips on how to prevent auto theft.
1. Keep Your Car Locked at All Times
The first tip on our list is the most basic. Pay special attention and keep your car locked at all times — even when you are driving. This will prevent unlawful entry into your car and protect your investment.
2. Never Leave Your Keys in Your Car — Close the Windows and Sunroof
Many of us get into the habit of leaving our keys in our car with the windows down when we make a quick stop. Keep your windows and sunroof closed and keep your keys with you. It may get hot in the dog days of summer, but it is worth it for peace of mind.
3. Never Leave Your Car Running
Chances are, we have all left our car running and run into the store. Few targets are more attractive to car thieves than a running car with no one in sight. Turn it off, roll up the windows and lock the door before you run inside.
4. Know Where You Are Going — Avoid High Crime Areas
In almost every community, there are neighborhoods we try to avoid. Do not put yourself or your luxurious Audi A5 in harm’s way and avoid these areas. Plan a commute that will take you away from high crime areas.
5. Install an Anti-Theft Device
Many modern cars come with a standard anti-theft device, if yours does not, it may not be a bad investment. Add an anti-theft device to your arsenal and you can sleep at night with complete peace of mind, knowing your dream car is safe.
6. Be Cautious At Night
Are you working late at night? Do you work third shift? Car thieves tend to operate at night. Make it a priority to park in high-traffic and well-lit areas when you are traveling at night. This may be the deterrent that keeps car thieves away.
7. Be Aware of Your Surroundings
When you are leaving the parking garage, gas station or parking lot, be sure to keep an eye open. If something seems to be amiss or someone is not where they are supposed to be, you may want to consider parking somewhere else or calling the authorities.
8. Do Not Leave Valuables in Your Car
Your luxurious and performance-tuned Maserati Ghibli is attractive enough, leaving valuables in plain view, even in a locked car makes your dream car more of a target to thieves. Keep valuables with your or leave them at home.
9. Do Not Leave the Title or Registration in the Car
In the event that your car is stolen and the thief is pulled over, do not give them the alibi they are looking for. With the title and registration in the vehicle, a thief can claim it is their vehicle and get off scott free. If you have multiple drivers, find a good hiding spot in the car.
10. Leave the Parking Brake On
Prevent car thieves from simply towing your car away and leave the parking brake on or the wheels turned toward the curb. This tip may help prevent a quick and easy getaway, ensuring that your car remains in your possession.
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You have worked hard to earn the money for your dream car, do not let someone else take that from you. Protect your investment with these top 10 tips on how to prevent auto theft from Certified Autoplex. Should the worst happen and you find yourself needing a new vehicle, take a moment to explore the Certified Autoplex inventory, right here in Carrollton, TX. We have an incredible selection of high-quality, pre-owned models at affordable prices.