Car Security: Simple Tips to Protect Your Automobile

car doorA car is one of the biggest investments that you will make throughout your life. Whether it’s a brand new car or one you have had for ten years, there are simple car security tips that you can put into place to help protect your investment.

Many of these tips involve the keys, something that our auto locksmith services can assist you with if you’re in need of ignition keys, transponder keys or even high security locks.

    • Don’t leave your car running and unattended. Even if you think your neighborhood is safe, it is never safe to leave your car running and unsupervised, even in your driveway, no matter how quick of an errand you need to run.
    • If you think you’re smarter than a car thief, you’re probably not, and leaving spare keys in the car or in a “hiding spots” will not be beneficial to you. An experienced car thief will know even the best hiding places and your car will disappear.
    • It is so common for car owners to keep the registration card inside the glove box of the car. This is dangerous in more ways than one. For instance, this card often has your home address on it and if a thief has your car keys they more than likely have your garage door opener and house key, turning an auto theft into a home break in. Make sure to keep it in your wallet or purse instead of the glove compartment and making photocopies to keep at home for reference can be helpful as well.
    • If you have a garage, use it to park your vehicle in and not as a storage unit. When parking in your garage, keep your car locked to protect it should an intruder gain access to the garage. If you park in a driveway, park towards the street, making sure anyone meddling with the car is more noticeable. If you don’t have a garage, consider investing in a secured parking garage or lot, and if you must park on the street, choose a well-lit areas and park with your front wheels turned to the curb.
    • Make sure that you don’t get too relaxed and forget to lock up all of your personal property, especially valued items, like cell phones and cameras, in the trunk or hide them where they’re not visible to someone walking by. Leaving these high dollar items in plain sight is an invitation for a car break in.

These five simple car security tips can go a long way in helping you protect your automobile and other personal belongings in your car and home. Always be aware of your surroundings and take the time to ensure you are doing all you can to ensure the safety of your car. If you do experience a break in, need new keys or have questions about car security, please contact us at Interstate Locksmith. We have experienced local locksmiths that can help you with your auto security.