According to statistics in Nigeria, over 10,000 motor vehicles were reported stolen in 2017-2019. Wow, that’s a huge number of don’t you think? Thieves have gotten increasingly savvy, using smart keys to steal cars and switching vehicle identification numbers to avoid detection, so, it is important to take steps to avoid car theft.
So, how do you avoid car theft no matter your current location? Be vigilant about securing your car, and take preventive measures to keep your car safe.
Here are 5 things you can do to help protect your car from being stolen.
1. Avoid Car Thet By Locking Your Doors
Keeping your doors locked is the first step in deterring a thief. It’s good to get into the habit of checking your car doors.
2. Remove Your Keys from the Vehicle
Never leave your keys in the ignition. If your key is in the car, a thief can simply break a window and drive off. The Federal Road Safety (FRSC) also cautions against leaving your car running, even if you’re just going into a store for a quick errand. A running vehicle may be an easy mark for a thief, especially if it is unattended or unlocked.
3. Do Not Leave a Spare Key Near Your Vehicle
Extra keys to your modern car could weaken your car security.
We recommend taking your keys with you when you leave your car. Some people keep a spare key under the car or in the glove box, just in case they get locked out — but thieves know where to check for an extra key. While getting locked out of your car is a pain, think about the potential hassle of your car getting stolen. It is best to avoid car theft while you can.
4. Close the Windows
if you want to avoid car theft, it is highly essential that you keep your windows closed completely. A thief can simply reach into your car through an open window — taking what they can reach or unlocking the door to gain full access to your vehicle and everything in it.
5. Avoid Car Theft By Parking In Well-Lit Areas
Avoid parking in areas that are poorly lit or places that are not immediately seen by passers-by. We always recommend parking under a light and in a well-trafficked area, as thieves may be deterred if they know they can easily be seen.
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Also, on the topic of security it is important that you stay safe as well, so take a moment to check out our blog on some actions you should avoid while driving.