How well is your second hand car protected?
As the weather starts to heat up and we take more day trips in our car, so the risk of theft and break-ins can increase. Although the lighter evenings mean a smaller likelihood of thieves breaking into your car during the evening, it’s still important to be vigilant. Why not answer some of the questions below and see how well your car is protected?
What alarm system do you have in place?
Despite very old cars not having as good security systems as modern, new cars, most used cars and second hand vehicles will have an alarm system in place. If your used car doesn’t come with an alarm system fitted, you must ensure that you take it to reputable dealer or manufacturer who will be able to fit a make and model specific alarm system. And once you’ve got that, always make sure you put it on when you leave the car!
Where have you put your valuables?
Often, car break-ins occur as the thieves are opportunists looking to steal items of value from within the car. If you have a MP3 player, iPad, laptop or digital camera that you’ve taken with you on your journey, under no circumstances leave it in the car in plain sight. Even handbags can be appealing to an opportunistic thief, and we all know how easy it is to leave a bag in the car when you’re just nipping in for some petrol. Lock valuables away in the boot and carry any handheld valuables with you, just in case.
Where have you parked?
Although summer means shorter nights and therefore less likelihood of break-ins when it’s dark, you should still ensure you park in a well-lit, public area, or a car park that has security. Second hand cars sometimes appear easier to break into that new, shiny, state-of-the-art vehicles, so parking somewhere sensible will help avoid this.
When you’re driving, have you locked your doors?
It’s not something we think about very often unless we believe we’re driving through a dodgy area, but keeping your car doors locked when driving – especially in city centres or in crowded traffic – is an important part of keeping your car, your belongings, and you safe. Roll up your windows where you can – although if it’s really hot this will be less appealing!
When you’re out of your car, where are your keys?
The number of simple, preventable thefts that occur due to a lack of common sense is huge. If you’re sitting down in a café or pub, or waiting in line for something, don’t make it really obvious where your car keys are. Just as you wouldn’t have your wallet or phone on display all the time, make sure your keys are in your pocket or attached to a keychain – not on the table for anyone to see or take.
Keeping you and your car safe in summer is simple enough with just a bit of forethought. Prepare your used car properly and make sure that you always use common sense when it comes to looking after yourself.