How to reduce the risk of car theft

Car theft can happen anywhere at anytime. It is best practice to exercise caution when leaving your car unattended. Sussex Insurance agents can explain the available options for theft coverage for your car, however it is important to reduce the risk as much as possible. Here are 7 preventative measures that you can take to decrease the chance of your car being stolen.

Keep your vehicle locked at all times

Remember to keep your car locked at all times, even while driving. Get in the habit of double checking when leaving your car, because carelessly unlocked vehicles are an easy way for thieves to capitalize on human error.

Close all windows

With warmer weather just around the corner, it is easy to forget to roll up the windows when leaving the car. Windows that are cracked or partially open are an easy entry point for thieves. Be sure to check your windows when you park to avoid the risk.

Anti-theft system

Having an anti-theft system is one of the best ways to deter car thieves. If your car doesn’t already have a anti-theft system, it is a good idea to install one. For example, an immobilizer prevents your car from being hot wired by requiring the correct key to start the engine.  

Don’t leave valuables or keys in car

This may seem like common sense, but never leave your keys or valuables in your car. Visible personal belongings tempt thieves to grab and run, while visible keys tempt thieves to steal your car without having to hot wire the engine. Either way, this makes your car more attractive than the others in the parking lot.

Don’t leave car running and unattended

Never leave your car running while unattended. This is an easy opportunity for thieves to jump in and drive away. It is hard to believe that your car can be stolen while you quickly run back into the house to grab your coat, but thieves look for opportunities to catch targets off-guard.

Parking location

When parking, be sure to find a well-lit location near the entrance of a building or near well-populated areas to reduce the risk of car theft. Cars that are isolated in dark areas give thieves an easy opportunity to steal without being seen. If you have to park far away in a parkade, be sure to use other preventative measures listed above to deter car thieves. Be sure to also protect yourself by not walking alone.

GPS tracker

Another helpful preventative measure is to install a system that uses GPS to track the location of your car. Should your car get stolen, a GPS tracker can help police find your vehicle before further damage is done.

Auto crime is on the rise and you are the best line of defense when it comes to protecting your vehicle from car theft. To learn more about insuring your vehicle from theft and other types of losses, contact a location near you.