A Risk Control Manager in a top-notch security agency, By Ola Saheed,
As we pay attention to the maintenance of our cars so we pay attention to the security of our car.
We highlighted 7 key points that are so important for your car security
1. KEEP CAR KEYS OFF EYESIGHT
Reduce the habit of dropping your car key on your closest reach.
Always keep your keys out sight, as simple as it is, is often being dismissed
Look for a compartment away from the eyesight where you can drop your keys.
This will discourage car hijackers or arm robbers not to think of getting to your car
If you are in your office find a place to keep it may be inside the drawer but not on the table, don’t flaunt your car keys.
2. SECURE PARKING LOTS.
Do a quick assessment of parking lots in your environments
Pay attention to the Security of the parking
e.g – the barrier reef, the security personnel composure, security policies or protocols
When away from home, try and leave your car in a secure car park – one with a ticket barrier and a brilliant attendant.
If you have to park on the street, it is better to park in a busy, well-lit area where car hijacker can easily be seen
In driveways, make sure your house/estate driveway are secure with barrier reefs, or a garage with electronic gate machine and good personnel
3. HIDE VALUABLES
It’s not just car thieves you have to worry about, there are plenty of crooks out there who are simply after your valuables.
Therefore, never leave expensive goodies out on display within your car – it’s just too tempting for the opportunistic thief.
Clothes, watches, shoes jackets and sunglasses are still fair if taken, so make sure you hide them out of sight in the glove compartment or boot. @ www.confused.com
4. VIN MARKING/ETCHING or CAR ENGRAVING
Also known as engraving
Most times people engraved their plate numbers on the car parts like the mirror, windshield, and other various parts.
VIN etching is a cost-effective car security method and can easily be performed if your car did not come etched or marked by default. The process involves engraving a unique Vehicle ID Number (VIN) on several parts of the car such as windows, mirrors, or frames to make them instantly recognizable and therefore much harder to sell.
If thieves notice that a vehicle is etched, they will therefore probably move on to another car. In addition, this strategy will also prevent thieves from changing your car’s ID. (@carlock.com)
Marking can be as basic as writing on various parts with an ‘invisible’ ultra-violet pen, or as sophisticated as covering the car with thousands of microdots – each encoded with your identifiable details.
While there is no guarantee that etching will stop thieves from stealing a car, this technique can effectively help the POLICE recover a vehicle in the event of a theft.
Marking and etching are ways of stamping your car with a unique identifier.
5. CAR TRACKING SYSTEMS
Car tracking systems require a transmitter to be hidden in your car. If stolen, the vehicle can then be tracked and recovered.
There are two main types of tracker: GPS systems can find your car whilst it’s at street level, and VHF systems can find your car even if it’s hidden in an underground car park or storage container.
However, tracking systems can be quite expensive, often requiring a significant monthly subscription charge.
In recent times, sophisticated car thieves have devices that can jam GPS or VHS services.
It will be important to be swift in taking decisions in case a car is stolen.
6. FIX A CAR IMMOBILISER
An immobilizer will not prevent a thief from breaking into the vehicle, but it can successfully stop them from driving away with it. Even if a thief succeeds in starting an immobilized vehicle, it would take them a lot of time to get it moving, so they will probably think twice before stealing the car (carlock.com)
An immobilizer is an electronic device that prevents a car from being started by someone who doesn’t have the proper key.
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7. CAR ALARM
Car alarms serve as a theft-deterrent system and are designed to alert individuals if any unauthorized person tries to tamper with a vehicle @ www.carlock.com
The threat of a piercing sound and flashing lights is a powerful deterrent, recent technology has developed some alarms also come with a pager or mobile app to alert you if your car is being tampered with, the sound is being controlled by the app.