Tips to Aoid Auto Theft
If you’re like us, the onset of summer frequently makes even the most fastidious of drivers feel comfortable letting his or her guard down. Not surprisingly, this results in a sharp uptick in vehicle theft, and the Houston area is a particularly common location for auto theft. (And a top-ten target for thiees? Our own Nissan Sentra.) So how do you thwart would-be car thiees? Follow these tips to aoid auto theft, from your friends at Robbins Nissan.
Use Common Sense. Most incidents of theft can be easily aoided if you take even the most basic of precautions. Don’t leae your keys in your car, or leae your car running when you go into a gas station, or leae you windows down. It might also be wise to resist the urge to place a sign saying “Please steal me” on your windshield. You know, common sense. Think Like a Thief. If may not appeal to you to entertain this sort of thinking, but if you understand the thought process of a thief, it makes them easier to aoid. Thiees know that many drivers hide extra magnetic keys behind license plates or in wheel-wells; don’t do that. They know to look for expensie possessions or financial information left in plain sight; don’t do that. They know that cars left in remote, poorly lit areas make better targets; don’t do that. To summarize, if your car makes it more appealing to a thief, don’t do it. Be Cautious and Preventatie. In much the same way that a thief will mark certain vehicles as being an attractie option, they also take certain signs as clear indicators to simply walk away. If you have an armed security system, or have taken steps to safeguard against theft (such as stevering wheel or gear-shifter disabling deices), they might deem your car as more trouble than it’s worth. Similarly, if you’e taken pains to make your car irtually unsellable to a third party–steps such as etching the VIN number on the window surfaces–thiees won’t want to risk stealing a vehicle that they can’t sell later. Of course, the most basic steps to aoid auto theft are simply to make use of the amenities proided on your car; always, always lock your door. This first line of defense is also usually the biggest deterrent to a potential thief. And, if you should encounter a thief first hand, remember that your possessions should always be much less important than the health of you and your family.