It’s something that we’ve all worried about at some point or another in our lives, and unfortunately it’s something we can’t do much about. Vehicle crime is an unfortunately common occurrence in this country – it’s just too easy to break into cars. However, there are some things you can do to make sure that your vehicle will be less likely to be the one that people choose to break into.
Get a car alarm
We’ve all been there at 3am when the neighbour’s car alarm starts going off. And even though everyone in a two mile radius can hear it, the neighbour appears to sleep through it – leaving it going off for hours. As annoying as they may seem, vehicle alarms are actually the best way to prevent people breaking in. Some of them are quite sensitive, meaning that the slightest bump will set them off, but some are more subtle than that – it would have to be a forceful try of the door or something hitting the window to make them go off. And as soon as that noise starts blaring people don’t want to stick around.
Hide any valuables
One of the most common mistakes that people make is leaving their valuables on display. Whether it’s a sat nav left in its cradle, or a phone left on the seat – people do this all the time. Leaving valuables on display is like putting a sign up to thieves saying ‘come and break in here’. For a thief, seeing a car with valuable things inside is like hitting the jackpot. So next time, before you leave your car for the night (or even just a few hours) make sure you have taken the time to hide anything that might be valuable, or even things that look like they could be valuable – empty bags and such. You’ll thank yourself for it later.
Lock the vehicle
This one seems fairly obvious, but you’d be surprised by how many people forget to do this, or just don’t bother. This is the easiest way for thieves to get into your car and take whatever’s inside – or even hotwire it and take it for a spin. Get into the habit of checking your doors whenever you leave your vehicle and make sure they’re always locked up tight. Many thieves are chancers – they’ll simply walk down a street and try the handles of every vehicle they pass in the hopes that one is left unlocked. Don’t let the one unlocked be yours.
There are other things that you can do to make sure your vehicle is secure whenever you leave it. Vehicle CCTV is a tool that is on the rise, and isn’t just for big company vehicles. Unfortunately, vandalism is on the rise too, meaning that you could go out to your car one morning and find it covered in graffiti, or scratched from bumper to bumper. With vehicle CCTV you’ll be able to catch whoever did it. Not only that, but having vehicle CCTV acts as a deterrent, so people will be less likely to break in, or vandalise your vehicle, if they know that they’ll get spotted on camera.
Vehicle CCTV works not just for buses and public transport, but can also be used on personal vehicles too. Vehicle security is something we take very seriously, and we want everyone to be protected when it comes to this.