Since auto and auto-parts theft is a constant threat, it’s useful to be aware of some of the ways you can go about preventing it and protecting your vehicle. Here’s the rundown.
The 6 Essentials of Car Security
Car security is important, but it doesn’t have to be complicated. That’s why we’ve narrowed down all the elements of car security into 6 essential tips. Find out what they are below.
1. Lock the vehicle
For amateur thieves and opportunists, an unlocked vehicle left unattended for even a second is prime real estate.
As simple a mistake as it is to make, try to build a strong habit of always double-checking that the doors and windows are fully shut and that the vehicle is locked before walking away from it, even if that is for just a few moments.
2. Park responsibly
Where a car is parked can make all the difference when it comes to avoiding a vehicle being targeted. In public, try to choose parking lots that have security guards onsite, and places that are both well-lit and well-populated.
Though it’s not always possible, have vehicles be as close to the home as possible when not driving it. Ideally, it should be visible from a window, where a security camera can keep watch over it 24/7.
3. Consider installing a non-keyless entry
A ‘keyless’ entry is not the same thing as a fob with a button on it. Keyless cars open automatically when the ‘key’ (often just a smartphone) is in close proximity to the vehicle, and they are becoming an increasingly common feature in luxury vehicles. They may also automatically start the engine as soon as the door unlocks.
Many cars come with built-in alarm systems. Generally speaking, it’s useful to have both visual and auditory deterrents when it comes to preventing theft. A loud alarm can deter would-be thieves and alert everyone nearby as soon as it happens.
If the car does not have an alarm system built in, there is always the option to have one installed. Modern alarm systems now feature GPS tracking, so if the vehicle does end up being stolen, the police can easily trace it.
5. Suspicious tow teams, shady mechanics
Thieves disguising themselves as mechanics is an alarm bell. If they weren’t called, they aren’t real, and are probably just trying to steal a car part.
Much like the ‘mechanics’, if the uniform looks suspicious and the tow truck has no branding on it (or Googling it leads nowhere) it probably isn’t real. Notify the police of any reasonable suspicions.
6. Install in car security devices
Numerous in-car security devices exist, including steering wheel locks, clutch locks, and lever locks.
Though cars have built-in security devices, installing these additional ones is a good way to not only deter thieves in the first place (since they are fairly obvious looking even from the outside), but a way to stall the thief if they do attempt to ake the car.
Insurance Benefits of Installing a Dashcam
There are potential benefits to having a dash cam when it comes to car insurance. Some sellers will provide discounts on their policies for dashcam users, usually no greater than 15%. Others will offer much higher discounts based on partnerships with dash cam companies, meaning the driver has to use a specific dash cam model to get access to the discount.
The perks are because dash cam footage makes establishing liability a much faster process.
Can You Put Security Cameras on Your Car?
Dual-lens dash cams are a solid car security solution because they view both the exterior through the windshield and the interior of the car, but they are more expensive than regular dash cams that only view the exterior.
Security cameras can improve car security by being positioned through a window in the home, so that they view the parked vehicle either by the road or in the driveway. AlfredCamera users regularly setup their devices to achieve this, allowing motion detection to do the work and notify them if something happens.
I put [AlfredCamera] on my second floor apt. window to record the car parking area and outside the front stairs through the night since we already had our car broken into 3 times … We caught the thief with the recordings … Thank you. The videos record very clearly and it’s great that we can hide the app.AlfredCamera user
How Do You Catch Someone Messing With Your Car?
To catch someone tampering with your car, visual surveillance is key. Security camera devices, like AlfredCamera, can send push notifications based on movement detection, thereby allowing users to quickly contact the police.
Dash cams with G sensors are also handy in catching attempted car theft in the act. By detecting sufficient vibrations when enabled, the dash cam will not only begin recording, but also immediately send a notification to the user.
Push notifications aside, a car alarm remains a useful way to receive auditory warning of someone meddling with a vehicle. If the car doesn’t have a built-in alarm, consider having one installed for another reliable means of catching thieves in the act.
Car security isn’t complicated, but it does require time and money to improve, particularly for older car models that don’t have modern security features built-in.
AlfredCamera is an affordable way to keep an eye on parked vehicles, which is among the most useful ways to improve car security overall. In addition to visual surveillance, following our 6 essential tips can greatly improve the overall protection vehicles have against theft and make dealing with attempted thefts much more efficient and effective.