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6 Steps to Prevent Car Theft

How to best protect your car and its contents

Posted on: May 14, 2018

How to best protect your car and its contents

Close the doors. Wind the windows up. Lock the car. Keep track of your keys. It seems easy enough to keep your car safe from theft. However, this isn’t always the case. According to the National Motor Vehicle Theft Reduction Council, over 50,000 motor vehicles were stolen across Australia in 2017.

Cars represent a significant purchase and investment. We’ve put together 6 steps to keep your car and its contents safe.

1. Lock the doors and double check

Many car keys can remotely lock and unlock their respective vehicle. It can be easy to fall into the habit of pressing the LOCK function and assuming your car is securely locked. It’s worthwhile double checking that your car is locked. For all you know, you may have mistakenly unlocked the car. Test a door handle (or two) before walking away from your vehicle.

2. Know where your keys are

One of the easiest ways your car is likely to be stolen is by losing your keys. Always be aware of where your keys are, whether they’re in your pocket, handbag or personal locker, always be sure of their location. If you’ve lost your keys, be sure to check the area around your car in case you dropped them close by. Assuming you can’t find them, retrieve your spare pair of keys and move your vehicle away as soon as possible.

If you’re worried about losing your keys, it may be worthwhile investing in a Tile. Tiles are small GPS devices you can attach to your key ring (or alternatively in your wallet). Tiles connect to an app which you can download on your smartphone. If you lose your keys, you can use the app to pinpoint the location of your keys. Alternatively, if you lose your phone you can activate the Tile device and your phone will ring until you find or deactivate it.

3. Don’t leave your spare keys in your car

If an offender has broken into your car without any keys, they’re likely to check your glove compartment and boot for spare keys. We recommend leaving your spare keys safely at home or alternatively with a close friend or relative who will be able to bring them to you if you’ve lost your main key.

4. Don't leave valuables in the car

Wallets, phones, laptops are some of valuable items which should never be left unattended in a car. Assuming you’ve left a valuable item visible from the outside of the car, it may entice a criminal to break into your car and steal any valuables lying around. We recommend not leaving valuables in the car.

5. Use technology to keep track of your car

The 21st century has introduced car owners to new ways of keeping track of a car. Newer cars often come with GPS technology which can pinpoint the car’s location. If your car does not have GPS security features, it may be worth investing in some. Many vehicle security systems connect to smartphones. Various security systems can:

  • Alert the vehicle owner if someone has forcibly entered the vehicle or if the alarm is going off;
  • Pinpoint the location of the vehicle;
  • Alert the police if stolen;
  • Remotely block a vehicle’s ignition.

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