Our vehicles are very precious to us. We put in a lot of hard work to pay for our bikes and cars, and we try keeping them safe as much as possible.
Buying a vehicle is a significant and expensive investment, so it is important to take a few extra security precautions to avoid becoming a victim. Here are some ways that you can follow to avoid your vehicle from getting stolen.
- Garage your vehicle in a well-lit area. Park it under garage security lights or under street lamps. In such a condition, theft of your vehicle is less likely to happen as thieves would not want to draw attention to them.
- Do not park your vehicle near the garage or parking exits as thieves tend to steal the ones near the exits as it helps them to run away faster. Try to park it in the middle of a row of vehicles or at a heavily trafficked area garage or parking lot.
- It is preferable to park them in monitored parking lots where there is continuous security to check your vehicle. It may cost a little more but would be a safer option.
- You must install an anti-theft system in your vehicle. It has been seen that thieves tend to stay away from vehicles that have an anti-theft system that has been approved by the Automotive Research Association of India, installed in it. Another plus point to this is that insurers offer nearly 2.5% discount on the premium to a maximum of Rs 500.
- Other than the anti-theft system, you can also have a gear lock system for your vehicle to ensure the safety of your vehicle.
- Leaving keys inside the vehicle is a prevalent cause for vehicle thefts, or for that matter even leaving it beneath your door mat. If the thieves are after your vehicle, they will keep track of your vehicle, and this increases the chances of your vehicle getting stolen.
- Motors nowadays come with engine immobiliser, but experienced thieves find their way around it. It is better to have multiple layers of deterrence to avoid thefts. A steering lock is one such example to ensure your vehicle remains protected.
- It is important that you do not keep your windows open when you are not present in the vehicle. In many cases, such behaviour has led to the loss of vehicles.
- Do not keep your valuables like laptops, briefcases, wallets or cell phones in plain sight as it tempts the thieves to break into your vehicle.
- It is important that you do not store vital documents like your insurance information or registration certificate in your vehicle. This lures a thief to steal your vehicle as well as get hold of your identity.
Keep your vehicles safe from theft with these tips and avoid paying for the damages with a proper motor insurance policy under your name.