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Protect Your Car with Extra Car Security

How to Protect Your Car Against Car Theft&Vandalism

Car theft and vandalism can be random acts, but there are certain precautions you can take to protect your car. According to the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB), a car is stolen every 33 seconds in the United States. Protect yourself from this costly crime with the following tactics and enjoy the peace of mind a comprehensive insurance policy can bring.

First line of defense: Employ common sense car security strategies

Some of the best strategies against car theft and vandalism are the cheapest and easiest to implement. Criminals will often make the most easily accessible cars their primary target, so use these three tips as your first line of defense against car theft and vandalism.

  • Always lock your doors.
  • Roll up your windows completely when leaving your car.
  • Choose well-lit parking spaces near security cameras and in high-traffic areas.

Second line of defense: Install a car security system

Protect your car by investing in a car security system or device.

Most new vehicles these days come with a factory-installed security system. However, you can further deter thieves by installing an additional security device.

The NICB suggests car security systems including vehicle immobilizers such as:

  • Kill switches – These devices shut down the vehicle, typically involving the disabling of spark plugs.
  • Fuse cut-offs – Much like kill switches, fuse cut-offs feature a hidden switch (usually under the hood) that does not allow the vehicle to start without switching it.
  • Starter, ignition or fuel disablers – These devices disable the starter or ignition or shut off the fuel.
  • Smart key start-ups – Smart keys allow drivers to unlock and start the car simply by having the smart key within proximity; without it, a car will not unlock or turn on.

Other options are anti-theft devices for cars such as:

  • Audible alarm systems – If your car is broken into, an alarm will sound to notify nearby people to scare away a potential thief.
  • Steering column collars – Much like “The Club,” a steering column collar locks the steering wheel, making it virtually impossible to steer the car if unlocked and turned on.
  • Steering wheel/brake pedal locks – These safety locks guarantee that the steering wheel or brakes will not work if a car is broken into. It’s also visible deter thieves.
  • Theft deterrent decals – Put these decals on your car window to notify others that your car is protected by either a security device or system.
  • Tire locks/ deflators – This anti-theft device is a mechanical immobilizer that either locks or quickly deflates one or all of your tires to ensure that your vehicle is unable to move if turned on without the key.

Identification devices can be helpful in case your car is stolen:

  • Tracking systems – Some tracking systems alert your local police force to help track down your vehicle.
  • Identification markers on or within a vehicle – Like micro dot marking or window etching, these markings help identify your vehicle if it is found.

Third line of defense: Protect your vehicle with car insurance

Don’t underestimate the importance of car insurance. Whether your car is stolen, vandalized or damaged in an accident, car insurance gives you the protection you need.

Whether you invest in an expensive car security system or just follow common sense anti-theft tactics, it’s important to protect yourself and your car every day. So drive safely, park smartly, invest in extra car security and get the auto insurance coverage you need.

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