Vehicle Security Tips – Ways to Make Your Car Safe and Secure

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Vehicle Security Tips – Ways to Make Your Car Safe and Secure

Buying a car and changing its tires, oil, and washing it all the time is quite an investment and having the disastrous situation of someone stealing your car is something you can’t afford.

Now, luckily for anyone who either lives in a city or town with plenty of shady folks who like to pick locks, strip your vehicle of its tires, or steal it all together, there are several ways you can ensure that this doesn’t happen to you. What’s better, most of these tips are not even mutually exclusive, so if you venture to use all of the suggestions we’re about to present to you, you will significantly decrease the chances of your beloved four-wheeler getting stolen.

Of course, you cannot always prevent a wrong-doing to your vehicle, but with these tips down below, you can at least minimize the damage and most importantly – prevent someone from driving off with your car.

Here’s the deal.

Install a Car Alarm

First things first, most modern-day vehicles already come with a car alarm system built-in, so you won’t even have to do anything to set it up if you’re buying a new car.

That said, if you’re an owner of an older vehicle or an overhauled old-timer that doesn’t come with an alarm, you may want to invest in setting one up. The thing is, while some of the craftiest thieves will find their way around a car alarm system, it will fend off 95% of wrong-doers, so you can consider having a car alarm as the first line of defense against car theft.

Also, once you’ve built it in, make sure to check if it’s working now and again because a faulty car alarm system is like having no alarm system at all.

Oh, and a small word of advice – never leave your car keys in your car and close the door, because many car alarms have a timer and they lock all the doors after the countdown. Many people have had the misfortune to make this mistake and then they were forced to break the window of the car to get in. On one hand, it’s a testament to the quality of the alarm system, but on the other – you’re minus a window, which can’t be cheap to replace.


Tracking System

Representing one of the more advanced ways to ensure your car’s safety, installing a tracking system is an excellent way to not necessarily prevent someone from stealing your car, but to be able to recover it easily if that does happen.

Of course, the trouble with tracking systems is that they can get quite pricey and they often require a hefty subscription fee that you pay monthly, so this option may be more steered toward the folks with a deeper pocket.


Have a Spare Key

Here’s another way to prevent the horrid scenario of having to break into your car – have a spare key.

This may seem like a no-brainer, but many car owners tend to overlook this safety measure for some reason, even though it can save them a lot of trouble down the road. The thing is, of course, we’re only humans and forgetting your keys or misplacing them somewhere is bound to happen sooner or later.

So, having a couple of copied spare car keys can be an excellent way to always be able to access your car in case you can’t find the original key.


Steering Wheel Lock

Sometimes the best solutions are the simplest ones.

In case you want to add a layer of security to your car’s ‘defense system’, a steering wheel lock may be just what you need.

All you need to do with this thing is to pop it on your steering wheel, and it will jam it in such a way that no one will be able to turn it right or left. Similar locking mechanisms exist for gearboxes, as well as handbrakes.

Final Words

All in all, if you start with your rudimentary car alarm and then build up your car’s security with some additional gadgets such as a satellite tracker or a simple steering lock, you will significantly decrease the chances of someone nicking your car – plus, you may decrease the cost of your car insurance, too.

Mia Ackerson

Mia Ackerson is a Melbourne-based and part-time writer. She babysits her nephew and loves writing about it based on her personal experiences in her free time. She’s also interested in interior design, reading books, watching movies, listening to music, baking, gardening, and travelling. 

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