Ah, San Diego. We have a gorgeous coastline, beautiful palm trees, blue sky, and year-round sunshine. Sometimes it seems hard to believe that anyone would think bad thoughts or do mean things in a place like this, right?
Well, that’s a cute way to think, but unfortunately, year-round sunshine never stopped anyone from stealing a car. Even in beautiful San Diego, you still need to take measures to keep your car safe from thieves. In case you need some tips on how best to do that, take a look below at the following 6 ways to protect your car from theft.
#1. Use common sense to keep your car safe
Car theft can happen in a split second, especially if you leave the keys in the ignition or the car idling in your driveway. Don’t assume that just because you live in a good neighborhood or because you promise to “be right back,” you can get away with things that are the opposite of common sense.
#2. Park it in a garage to prevent car theft
It may be tempting to turn your garage into a yoga studio and park your car on the street, but your car has a much higher chance of being stolen off the street than it does from your garage. Renting a garage space is also an option.
#3. If you don’t have a garage, park it under a light
Car thieves are happiest in the dark where they can’t be seen. If you have to park your car on the street or in a parking lot at night, choose a well-lit spot. Most car thieves will prey on cars parked in the dark.
#4. Fix what’s broken to avoid car theft
Imagine your car is an animal in the Serengeti. You want it to be the least vulnerable animal out there, right? Well, cars with broken windows (duct tape can be cut, people) and broken mirrors look like easy prey. Anything left unfixed says, “The people who drive me don’t care enough to fix me, so they probably haven’t gone very far out of their way to protect me from theft, either.” In so many words.
#5. Use visual car anti-theft devices
Most thieves are people who cut corners. They’re looking for easy money and the easy way out. Although, yes, there are some who get off on the challenge of stealing a car, the majority of them will chose the path of least resistance. A car with an obvious (visual) anti-theft device will require more effort than a car with no extra protective measures. Most thieves will move on and look for an easier car to steal.
#6. Invest in a serious car security system
If you want to protect your car for real, you need a serious security system. There’s really no way around it. These days, the best car alarms have sophisticated security features that ensure your car is fully protected. These features include: starter kill, which immobilizes your vehicle and protects it from hot wiring; a shock sensor that can distinguish between light blows and heavy impacts; remote start; compatibility with smart devices; and more.
If you’re serious about protecting your car, we can help.
At Car Stereo City in San Diego, we carry the best theft-prevention and security system brands available. Not exactly sure what kind of security system you’re looking for? Shopping on a budget? Our knowledgeable staff will listen to your needs and help you find the car security system that best meets your needs – and your budget. We also offer expert installation, so you can drive away knowing that your car and the valuables inside are safe and protected.