Here are some pointers on how to avoid or at least lessen the risk of becoming a car theft victim:
Find a Good Car Lock System
The cheapest hindrance to car theft is to lock your car and remove the keys. Leaving the keys inside the car, especially in conspicuous places such as the dashboard, invites danger. A better option is having a plastic duplicate of your key set built into a credit card-size plastic sheet that fits in your pocketbook. These duplicate keys can be bought from car parts stores available for various car makes.
Set Up A Car Alarm System
There are numerous types of electronic car alarm systems or a combination of alarms/fuel starvation systems. Generally, the systems could cost around $150 to $300. The alarm systems function by disabling the car or sounding an alarm-or both-when the driver's door is unlocked and an override button is not triggered. The override is concealed from the thief's vision. These systems are effective, but only if you remember to set the alarm as you leave your car. (And you should not forget to set the switch when you return inside the car, or you will activate the ear-piercing warning signal.) To get proper security, you'll have to place a detector on each door, not only the driver's door. That would cost additional expense.
Car alarm systems may sometimes come at a discounted price, so shop for the best bargain. To get the most savings, you may even install the system yourself, but do this only when you are reasonably experienced in dealing with the mechanics of the car. You can also purchase through mail-order ads in reputable car magazines or buy your car alarm systems online. At the least, acquire a system that activates your car horn (or a very loud warning signal) and flashes your headlights. There are alarms are barely audible in heavy traffic.
Cheaper alternatives to alarms are steel bar locks that fasten onto your steering wheel and occasionally the brake pedal. The car won't move until the bar is unlatched or drilled free. These will not stop car nappers, but it'll slow them down.
Avoid Flamboyant Accessories
Occasionally car accessories, and not the car itself, are the objects of theft. The high end sound system, for example, is a favorite; so are the detachable roof parts on T-roof cars. Faux radio fronts can be bought to cloak a high-priced model. High-performance tires and aluminum-alloy wheels are also often stolen-keep them fastened securely on with key-locking lug nuts, available at auto parts stores. Do not buy a car having flashy accessories if you will be regularly parking in unsecured or a high-crime location.
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