Taking a few simple steps to improve your car’s security features can be a seriously wise move. By enhancing your security you’ll lower your insurance premium costs while saving yourself the potential trauma and expense of having your car stolen. You may not believe theft could happen to you, but according to the AA, over 100,000 cars were stolen last year in the UK, and only around half of them were ever recovered. Reduce your chances of falling into this unfortunate group with these security-boosting ideas.
An immobiliser is a clever little device that stops the motor, fuel pump or ignition (depending on which immobiliser you buy) from starting up when you don’t want it to. This security device will prevent anyone but you from being able to drive off with your car, and will drastically bring down the cost of your insurance premiums, just as long as the immobiliser has been “Sold Secure” or “Thatcham” approved and has been fitted by a licensed member of the Vehicle Systems Installation Board.
If your car doesn’t come with an alarm built in, consider investing in one, as it can be a simple, but effective way of preventing theft, alerting you to a wide variety of attempted break-ins, from someone simply touching your car to a door being opened. Just be sure to check in with your insurer that the alarm is approved by your policy before purchasing.
Telematic vehicle trackers
These electronic tracking devices can be installed into your car and then use GPS to provide real-time tracking technology to hunt your car down if it’s been stolen. They’ve been known to accurately provide locations for many a stolen vehicle within a very short timeframe, and are an especially good option if you have a car that’s particularly valuable to you, that you’d be desperate to track down if it went missing. Sometimes this comes as a free feature with black box insurance policies, find out more by reading telematics cover explained.
It’s not just your whole car that thieves are after, some target wheels specifically. Getting a wheel lock will keep potential criminals away from your vehicle and make sure your car stays intact.
Consider your parking
A potentially obvious but often missed way of reducing the chances of car theft is as simple as the location you choose to park your car. Try and keep your car in well-lit areas where attention will be attracted if anything were to happen. When it comes to the night time, when the majority of car theft takes place, a locked garage is always a far safer option than parking on the road. If you don’t have that option and park your car in a driveway outside your house, a motion detector light can be a good tool for alerting you to potential robbers.