Car vandalism is on the rise, with incidents rising significantly over recent years. But it is possible to protect your car with a few simple steps…
Keep Everything Locked
It sounds obvious, but it’s easy to overlook the basics when it comes to our cars. Make sure that you get into a habit of double-checking that your car is properly locked and secure. Also, check that your windows are fully raised as these offer a great way for vandals to get inside of the vehicle.
Take Away Temptation
Car vandalism is often mindless; serving no particular purpose other than to gratify the vandal. Some, however, are motivated by more material motives; targeting vehicles based on what they seem to contain. Leaving a laptop or mobile device in clear view, for instance, is a major advertisement for thieves and vandals; as is loose cash. Keep it all hidden or, even better, take it out of the car when it’s not in use.
Use Your Garage
If you’re lucky enough to have a garage, why not use it? According to some studies, only 22% of drivers use theirs to store their cars. But it’s a sure way of making it practically impossible to vandalise, or steal, your motor. We think that’s worth giving up a bit of space for paint you never use.
Invest In Lighting
Car vandals don’t like being seen, which means they generally strike when no one’s around; meaning nighttime is often their friend. Deter them by keeping your driveway well-lit and park in properly illuminated areas.
CCTV Is A Great Deterrent
Perhaps even more than lighting, CCTV can deter criminals. Having a camera installed on your home may seem a bit Big Brother, but it’s hardly a novel move by today’s standards. Make sure it’s visible though, discrete CCTV misses the point entirely.
Install An Alarm
If your car doesn’t come with an alarm, get one installed. Whilst they’re unlikely to actually prevent a theft, they can certainly reduce the amount of time a criminal invests in your vehicle; which means they’ve got less time to cause damage or attempt to steal it and / or its contents.
Get A Dash Cam
Many modern dash-cams actually have a “parking mode” feature. This allows them to record even when the car’s ignition is turned off. It may act as a deterrent but, if it doesn’t, the evidence can still be used to make a claim and (ideally) catch the culprit. Tesla drivers get a better version of this technology via ‘Sentry Mode’. This uses the car’s on-board cameras to record criminals and even warn them off.
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