Foolproof Ways to Prevent Car Theft Because You Can Never Be Too Sure
December 06, 2019
If you've played (or watched someone play) Grand Theft Auto, you would probably think that car theft is cool and comical. But that's a game about a, well, stealing cars. In real life, car theft is not - and will never be - cool. This is true, especially if you have experienced checking out your garage one day only to find out your car is gone. And there's no way you could misplace your own vehicle. Not to fearmonger, but it's always better to be safe than be sorry in the future. That's why you should make time and ways to protect your car from thieves. And with that, here are foolproof ways to prevent car theft.
First, Let's Talk Statistics
According to FBI, the number of auto theft and attempted auto theft in the US declined year after year since the early 1990s. For 2018, there are 748,841 vehicles stolen. That number is less than that of 2017's, which has 772,943 cases of car theft reported. The year with the most car theft reported is 1991, which has more than 1.7 million cars reported that year. But even though there are fewer and fewer car theft situations each year, the industry observes that car thefts have become more sophisticated in stealing vehicles. The use of electronic keys and the interchanging of vehicle identification numbers are just two of the many modus car burglars use nowadays.
Now to help you, here are some tips on how to keep your car from being stolen by the bad guys.
Invest in Anti-Theft Devices
As much as everyone wants to check on their car all the time, we can't watch over it 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. That's why there are car manufacturers who offer cars with installed anti-theft systems. But if your vehicle doesn't have one, it's recommended to install an anti-theft device or an audible alarm system. The latter, when switched on, sets off a loud alarm noise once it senses someone trying to get in your car. Anti-theft tools like a steering wheel lock and a flashing light system also helps in discouraging thieves from taking your vehicle away. You can install these devices by yourself, but let's stay away from the chance of these not working. You can hire a mechanic to do it for you instead, so you'd let out a sigh of relief knowing your car is secured.