How To Improve Car Security

Apart from your home, your car may be the most expensive item you own and its worth following our car security tips to keep it safe. From securing the keys from relay crime to old fashioned steering wheel locks, we have a great range of methods.

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What are the Best Forms of Car Security?


1. Steering Wheel Lock

Although a steering wheel lock is an old-school form of car security, it’s still one of the best. Not only are some of the best-rated steering wheel locks virtually impossible to remove without the key but they also act as a highly visible deterrent.

In terms of their various types, the full cover lock is the most secure but other types include an extending bar, static bar and a pedal-to-steering wheel lock.

2. GPS Car Tracker

If your car has been stolen, the best way of getting it back is with the use of a GPS car tracker. They do require a sizeable investment but if you own a vintage classic car or one that’s worth a serious amount of money, they are a worthwhile investment. Most can be installed in hidden locations and can be tracked using smartphone apps.

3. Aftermarket Car Alarm

Depending upon the value of your car, you may wish to further improve its alarm system. Many aftermarket alarms include further functionality such as movement alerts, tracking, unique engine starts (PIN codes) and so much more.

Although expensive, some insurers may lower your premiums with improved alarm systems and they will certainly make your car harder to steal.

4. Install a Dash Cam

Dash cams have seen a huge boost in popularity in the last few years and they aren’t just great for watching the road as you drive. Many of the latest dash cams also feature “parking” modes, which use motion detection and clever sensors to detect unexpected movement.

5. Hide Any Valuables

An obvious tip to improve your car’s security is to avoid leaving valuables inside the car. Anything from car sat navs to a work laptop, determined criminals will happily help themselves to any of your valuables left inside of your car.

However, if you must keep certain valuables in your car, try to keep them out of sight to the best of your abilities. The glove box or armrest are the easiest places to hide valuables but if you want to go a step further, you can hide valuables underneath the spare wheel, under seats, within the car’s tool kit and so on.

6. Park in an Appropriate Location

Although common sense, parking in a secure location will solve the majority of car security issues. Whether it’s in a secure parking lot, in direct view of CCTV or right outside your front door, secure parking is crucial. If you have driven somewhere and don’t know the area very well, ensure you park in a well-lit area with plenty of people around.

7. Secure Your Car Keys

Due to the advancements in technology, many car manufacturers now make use of keyless entry and push-button start systems. Although great and highly convenient for car owners, they pose a new risk, which is known as relay crime.

Criminals have become smarter themselves and can use sophisticated computers and transmitters to trick the car into thinking they have the key. This allows them to simply walk up to your car, open the door and drive off without needing the key. This is very worrying but is easily avoided by using a car key signal blocker.

These come in either pouches or a box and work by blocking any signals coming from your key. This stops the thieves from using their transmitters to pass along the signal from the key inside your house to the car.

8. Wheel Clamp

Clamping up your car is another great form of security that acts as a highly visual deterrent. Although not really suitable for daily drivers due to its involvement in placing it upon your car, it’s still a great option for classic cars.

However, to ensure that the clamp is able to secure your car, it’s vital that you use a set of locking wheel nuts on the wheels. This prevents any thieves from simply removing your wheel with the clamp attached.

Conclusion

Sadly, car crime is something that isn’t going to go away anytime soon but there are plenty of ways you can improve your own car’s security. Hopefully, a couple of our tips are compatible with your particular vehicle and provide peace of mind that your car is safe from determined criminals.

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