It seems car theft is on the rise again, and according to an article by U.S. News last December, Albuquerque now has the dubious distinction of having the highest rate of car theft. Check out the article to see if your city is in the top 10.
Either way, it’s a good idea to protect your car from theft no matter where you live. Car theft is as likely in Manchester, MO, as in Phoenix, AZ.
Here are some tips and tricks on how to protect your car.
Most car thieves are looking for a quick and easy car to steal. If it looks like your car will take too long to steal, they’ll often move on. When parked, leave all windows closed and your doors locked.
Never leave your car running when unattended. Also, never leave your keys in the car. Park in well-lit, high-traffic areas where thieves don’t want to be seen.
Install an Anti-Theft System
There are a variety of anti-theft systems available on the market today, and each has advantages and disadvantages.
- Cheap and simple: The Club and similar devices are a visible deterrent to car thieves, and marketed by claiming it will take some work to get your vehicle moving. Unfortunately, these devices are very easy to bypass.
- Highly technical: Another option is a hidden kill switch that blocks power to your starter. Unfortunately, while this is highly effective, it is expensive to have professionally done versus buying a good alarm system, and you don’t get any convenience features like keyless entry or remote start. If done wrong as a DIY project, it can lead to potential expensive repairs.
- Technical and efficient: The best route to go for protecting your vehicle is a quality alarm system. A system like the Viper Alarm 5305V is a great choice because of all of the features and options. The Failsafe Starter Kill, for example, works much like a kill switch, but instead of being controlled by a hidden switch, it’s automatically activated when your alarm is activated. The Stinger Double Guard Shock Sensor will trigger a warning tone on a light bump to the vehicle, and a full alarm with a heavy bump. And, the 5305V will allow you to lock and unlock your vehicle, PLUS start it with the push of a button. Another great feature you can add to this system is the Viper SmartStart module, which gives you access to your car’s alarm system through your smart phone. Upgrade to the Viper SmartStart module with GPS and you can keep track of your vehicle’s location.
- False Sense of Security: Don’t be fooled! Many times, people mistake their factory convenience system for a security system, because it honks the horn. Most of these systems have no shock sensor, meaning your vehicle is wide open to content theft. Anyone passing by, can easily break a window, and steal your radio, laptop, or anything else left in your vehicle while you’re away.