Vehicle are now an essential part of our daily life. Most of us can’t make it through our daily operations without these valuable machines. The downside however, is that thieves also admire our cars. Statistics of stolen vehicles are actually mind boggling.
Modern security systems Don’t help much in deterring or reducing chances of car theft, because they are not full proof and thieves still find ways of stealing your car. Below are the things that thieves look for, how they think, and proactive steps you can take to keep your car safe.
What are the Preferred Makes and Models for Car Thieves
Car thieves Target cars that are easy to steal without causing too much attention. Among the models that are a major hot cake include: The Honda Civic, Honda Accord, various models of pickups, Toyota ,and Nissan.
Older cars are also popular targets due to their resale value. Older cars are also easier to steal because they usually lack the advanced anti-theft protection that newer models have. Both new and old cars can also be stripped down and their parts sold to dealer or repair shops and scrap yards.
If you want to protect your car from the criminals, buy a high-end model like Ferrari, Porsche, Audi, or Lamborghini. Cheap vehicles like Toyota and Nissan are the frequent targets. So, even if you own a Toyota, you will be relatively safer if it’s an expensive one.
What are the Favorite Colors for Car Thieves?
The color of your car may increase its desirability among thieves. According to statistics, the top colors of stolen vehicles are: Silver, White, grey and Black. These same colors are also among the most popular in new car sales. They’re not only in demand, they’re also ubiquitous (everywhere), and therefore preferable to thieves who don’t want to draw too much attention to their crimes. Rare and exotic colors such as gold, orange, purple, red, green, and maroon are the least targeted.
The Most Susceptible Locations for Car Theft
No matter what area of the country you live in, the chances of having your car stolen are highest in urban areas. Dark and secluded places are also perfect because thieves can execute their plan with minimal or no disturbance. It’s also easy for them to rough you up unnoticed if you bump into them messing with your car.
Parking garages, malls, shopping centers, offices, large apartment complexes are also easy target for car theft because they host large groups of cars parked together for extended periods of time. These areas are perfect because movement of vehicles is high and it’s easy to pull off unnoticed.
Ways to Prevent Car Theft
Some of these ways were covered in our previous post “How to prevent car theft” Now that you know What thieves are interested in. The following are further tips to help you prevent your car from being stolen.
- Lock your car, even when at home or stopping for quick errands. Double check that the doors are locked before walking away. Note that with the current technology, thieves can also jam your locking system remotely especially in keyless cars and comfortably get in and drive off.
- Never leave your car engine running and unattended. It’s an open invitation for thieves.
- Never leave valuables in plain sight inside your car because they might tempt a passerby. Keep bags out of site for thieves always think they hold something of value. Don’t leave phones, tablets and laptops in plain site unless you are intentionally inviting trouble.
- Close all windows and the sunroof when you’re not in the car. A window left open, even just a crack, may provide the entry point a thief needs to break in.
- Park in well-lit areas and areas you have a clear view of your vehicle as you go around your business or eat in a restaurant.
- Don’t keep a spare key in or around your car. Thieves know exactly where to look for them.
- Invest in an anti-theft system if you don’t already have one installed in your car. Options range from steering wheel locks and car alarms to electronic immobilizers and kill switches that prevent the car from being hot-wired.
- Have a GPS tracking system installed that is connected to your phone or tablet for easy monitoring of your parked vehicle. It will also prove handy by allowing law enforcement team trace the location of your vehicle for a faster recovery.
What to Do If Your Car Is Stolen
Check your tracker and find out the exact location of your vehicle.
Report the matter to the police immediately.
Once you’ve filed the police report, contact your insurance company. To expedite the claim, be ready with all essential information.
Insurance Coverage for Car Theft
Most auto insurance policies cover car theft under comprehensive coverage and will reimburse you for the appraised value of your car, assuming it is not recovered or for damage that was done to the car as a result of the theft and recovery.
All said, please try to be safe. If you notice somebody trying to steal or break into your car, do not approach them. Seek help from people around you, make some noise, inform the security guy around you or call the police. Remember, a thief is equally scared and unstable. He/she can smash your face or shoot you out of fear rather than out of intend.Follow Us on Social Media 😂