How to Avoid the Stress of a Stolen Car
A stolen car is an extremely stressful situation. You walk outside, expecting your ride to be right where you left it, only to see an empty spot where it used to be. Your first reaction, probably shock and disbelief. And then the anger kicks in. How could this happen? And who would do something like this?
Here’s hoping it never does happen to you. And you can play a role in making sure. With a little proactive prevention, you can avoid the stress of a stolen car and keep your ride right where it’s supposed to be.
Be Smarter Than the Thieves
You’ve probably learned some good habits over the years — like parking in well-lit places and not hiding a spare key in your car (thieves know where to look!) But thieves get crafty, and the more you know how they think, the longer you’ll keep your car safe. Use these smart tips to stay a step ahead of the stealers.
Lock your doors. Seems simple, right? But it’s so often ignored. Don’t make it easy for a thief to get in. Lock your doors every time you leave your car.
Warming up. Be watchful in the winter when you warm up your car. Even in the driveway, your car is vulnerable, so keep an eye on it whenever you leave it running. Use that emergency brake. Thieves know their stuff, and sometimes they even use tow trucks to stealthily steal cars, so turn your wheels toward the curb and lock that e-brake. It’ll make their job a lot harder.
Be careful with your key. Be sure you have a good feeling before you hand off your keys to just anyone — even when it comes to valets and parking attendants.
Keep it in the garage. Car thieves are always looking for the easiest targets. So if you can, park in a garage. If it’s not on the street, it’s less likely to get stolen.
Hide your stuff. Valuables that are visible will attract the wrong kind of attention. If you keep your stuff out of sight, thieves will be more likely to move on to the next victim.
Take care of your car. A well-maintained vehicle can be a deterrent for well-trained thieves. If they see a car that’s taken care of, they may assume you’re an owner who cares enough to install an alarm.
Consider comprehensive. Without comprehensive insurance, you’ll have to pay out of pocket to replace a stolen car, so ask your agent how this important coverage can offer added peace of mind.
Now you have a list that helps protect what belongs to you. You’ve worked way too hard to put your dreams at risk. Don’t give thieves an opportunity to take what’s not theirs.