Car crime has, thankfully, declined over the last few years, with much improved security built into modern vehicles. Nevertheless, there are still ways you can lessen the risk of crime against your car, by taking a few straightforward precautions.
Before investing in any additional systems, take a few minutes to make sure you’re doing the sensible things to avoid car crime. Make sure your car locking system is working. Park in well-lit, busy areas, rather than quieter, more isolated spots. Choose a parking spot covered by security cameras. Have a fire extinguisher, first aid kit, and some water ready in your car.
When thinking about adding extra protective devices, decide which will be best for your needs. The AA provides a list of suggested approved security devices on its site: http://www.theaa.com/motoring_advice/security/approved_products.html. Here is a list of the most important.
Most modern cars have these factory fitted. They work by having transponders installed in the key and ignition switch. A code is passed between the key and the ignition system. If this is not correct, the engine is immobilised, and the car is dead. Check yours is working correctly.
A kill switch is not so common, but powerful in stopping car theft. When activated, this disables the car’s electrics, or will switch off the fuel supply or ignition. Some can be remotely triggered, using a radio fob.
Many modern cars have factory fitted alarm systems. Window stickers saying that the car is alarmed can have a strong deterrent effect on would-be thieves.
An electronic system, linked to GPS, which reports the car’s position, is very helpful if you are unfortunate enough to have your car stolen. This will help police and insurers find where it is. You might also find systems such dash cams helpful, to keep a record of events whilst you drive. For advice on these and similar products, like truck camera systems, why not contact Backwatch at truck camera systems?
The VIN, or Vehicle Identification Number, is a 17 digit number that is unique to a specific vehicle. It is usually marked on dashboards and recorded on the car documents. Having it etched onto other parts, such as windows, deters thieves who might be looking to cannibalise your car for parts.