Thinking like a car thief could save you money and hassle
You leave your bag on the passenger seat
This is something which many people do without thinking. Don’t! It is all too easy for someone to pull up alongside your car, reach in and grab your bag. Even if you have locked your car door, it has been known for thieves to break the front window to take belongings before a driver can do anything about it. Lock expensive items in the boot, especially if you are likely to be stuck in slow moving traffic through an area busy with pedestrians.
You drive around town with your car doors unlocked
When you’re driving around town, you often feel safe in your car and forget to lock the doors. While it’s unlikely that anything bad will happen, you could get unlucky after stopping briefly and have someone jump in your car. Much better to be safe than sorry.
You leave your coat on the back seat when you park
You might know that there is nothing of value in the coat you’ve left on the back seat, but criminals don’t. Tempted by the potential for there to be a few pounds in one of the pockets, someone might just break in to get it. Keep valuables and non-valuables alike safe by locking them in the boot.
You make it obvious that that there’s expensive satnav equipment in the car
Many drivers today still use portable satnav equipment. One thing many forget is that when they take the satnav off the windscreen, a mark is left where the sucker was, telling everyone that they own a satnav. That can be enough for a thief to break into your car to have a look for it. To prevent that happening, carry a cloth in the car to wipe away the sucker mark. It only takes a few seconds and could save you a lot of money.
You leave your car’s door unlocked when you go and pay for petrol
Of course, by leaving a car unlocked, you may as well be putting a sign on it saying ‘free stuff here’. So unless you’re 100% sure you’ve locked it, go back and check. It’s better than losing everything in the car, and even the car itself.
You check for messages on your phone before driving off
Many people spend a few moments checking their phones for emails and texts as soon as they get into their car. This effectively makes you a sitting target for criminals prepared to snatch it out of your hand. If you have to do it, make sure that it is safe to do so first.
You park in dark side streets and secluded areas
Whether you like it or not, Christmas will soon be upon us, and with that comes the dreaded Christmas shopping. And with everyone seemingly having the same idea, parking can sometimes be a bit of a struggle. It’s common sense, but park somewhere well-lit and secure. If you park your car down a dark back street, either you or your car could end up in trouble.
You leave the engine running to defrost the car in the drive
Don’t be tempted to leave the engine running while you pop back into the house to do a few chores. A passing car thief will be delighted that you have cleared the windows, making it nice and easy for them to drive away
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