Prevent Auto Theft with These 7 Tactics
Help Reduce Your Chances of Being a Victim
Billings sees a lot of vehicle theft. There are a variety of reasons, not the least of which that the police have their hands full with a lot going on in the city. While it would be nice if we could all leave our doors unlocked and valuables in plain sight, that’s not the case.
To help keep your possessions under your control, we have rounded up the 7 best ways to prevent someone from stealing your vehicle. Employ these tactics and you are statistically unlikely to become a statistic.
Power it Down
When it’s really hot, or really cold, out it’s tempting to leave the vehicle running. After all, we love getting into a vehicle that’s a pleasant temperature! It goes without saying that the number one way that a vehicle is stolen is because it presents the perfect opportunity.
If the vehicle is already running, it’s a matter of seconds to jump in and be down the street before anyone knows what happened. Always turn the engine off and take the keys with you.
Lock it Up
Number one tip to prevent vehicle theft: lock your doors. There are more steps to take than just locking the doors, but this will deter a majority of the would-be felons. You may think “my car doesn’t have anything of value in it!” But a joy-ride in someone else’s vehicle is all some criminals need.
It doesn’t take long to lock the doors; lock them every time.
Park it Close
Thieves don’t want to be in the spotlight. That dark, forgotten corner of the parking lot, or the alleyway that has no cameras make prime locations for theft. Be mindful of your surroundings, and park where there will be plenty of traffic, and plenty of light to deter the criminals.
Whenever possible, park your vehicle inside of a garage or shelter as a further deterrent.
Valuables Down Low
When it comes to vehicle theft, criminals may often be looking for valuables. Keeping them out of plain site is the best way to prevent any sort of theft. If a crook is walking by your vehicle and sees a bag on the seat, a locked door might be enough to keep him or her moving. But if there’s nobody around, smashing the window and making off with your gym bag means they’re not out anything, but you’re out a window.
Take anything enticing from the vehicle, and never leave valuables inside the vehicle long-term.
Alert on High
Car jackings are rare. Less than 5% of vehicle thefts are done with the vehicle owner in the car or walking to the car. But that doesn’t mean it won’t happen, or that other crimes may be afoot. As you walk toward your vehicle, especially at night, be aware of your surroundings. Pay attention to people who may be watching you, and if you feel uncomfortable, walk back to a populated area.
Being alert, without your head buried in your phone, could save your life and your vehicle.
Analog Goes Far
Car alarms, anti-theft technology, key fobs, and more are great ways to prevent your vehicle from being stolen. But sometimes going old school is how it needs to be done. Vehicles, such as the Hondas form the 1990’s, are stolen a lot because you can actually use one key to access many vehicles. If you have a high risk auto, you should invest in an anti-theft device like the club.
Technology can be hacked; analog anti-theft is often only overcome by brute force.
Technology on Point
Of course that’s not saying tech doesn’t work! Technology is a great deterrent, and often all that is needed to prevent your vehicle from being stolen is to have it make a bunch of noise. Installing a car alarm is an easy way to ward off petty criminals, and it won’t break the bank.
Using a GPS tracker is another great way to ensure that the vehicle comes back to you. Unfortunately it may not be in one piece.
Big Sky Collision Center Wants you to be Safe!
Here at Big Sky Collision, our goal is that you remain safe on the roads. That means whether you are in possession of your vehicle, or at risk of losing it. Don’t take unnecessary risks, be smart, be safe. If you’re in a wreck, you know you can call us to have your vehicle restored to full factory safety standards. Reach us at 406-259-6328.