Cars nowadays have clever theft protection built-in, like the immobilizer that prevents the engine from firing up without the original key being nearby. You should keep in mind that thieves are resourceful, hard-working people, though, so they always come with ideas on how to circumvent theft protection features in the car. Sometimes they are helped by the carmakers themselves, especially when the car features a keyless entry system that is easy to defeat.
What you need to do is to make the thieves’ work as difficult as possible and to make this obvious, so they will give up and hunt for another victim that’s easier to hack. Our car insurance expert tipped us with the most important measures you could take to keep your car secure.
Keep your car’s windows fully closed when you’re away, even on a hot summer day. This will reduce the likelihood of thieves prying the window open to enter your car. An open window is also a tempting opportunity for a thief.
Of course, there’s no point in securing the windows if your car’s doors remain unlocked. Keep the doors locked at all times, even when (and especially when) you’re in the car. Unlocked doors are like an open invitation for the thieves, just like you doing half of their job.
You should develop the habit of leaving your car in gear (or Park) and with the wheels directed toward the curb. This measure has added benefits besides the car being harder to tow away, like preventing the car from rolling when it's hit or when it's parked on a slope.
This might sound like a no-brainer, but you should never leave valuables in plain sight. Even if it’s something without value, don’t count on the thief to do the math. Better store everything in the trunk, even if it’s just a jacket.
Last but not least, consider using a tracking device to locate your car in the unlucky event of theft. This will not prevent the thieves from stealing it, of course, but it will give you more chances to recover the car. Without a tracking device, it might prove difficult for the authorities to locate your missing vehicle.
Of course, these bits of advice are only good in case you drive a normal car, with moderate value. Thieves will spare no effort if the value of the car is high enough to justify the efforts and they have singled you out. In this case, only good insurance helps.