Congratulations for finally buying your first car. Now it doesn’t matter if it’s new or pre-loved, your car should be secured against thieves. After all, no matter how well-maintained your car is, it wouldn’t do you any good to have it stolen.
That said, here are a few simple guidelines that can help you protect your new ride.
Upgrade Your Locks
This is probably the essential aspect of safety and security. Though it may seem a bit superfluous for some, having a secondary defence to your already existing locks can make a difference. Consult vehicle locksmiths for possible choices, which would fit your needs and your budget.
Leaving your bags and packages in full view calls attention that can encourage burglars to try their luck with your car. Keep the space under your seat clear of clutter and use that to keep your purchases and baggage away from sight. Or if they won’t fit there, store everything in the trunk and make sure that its locks are as secure as those installed on your car doors.
Records and Peripherals
Your keys should never be marked with your name or any sort of personal information. Instead, keep a written or digital record of your car’s info such as registration number, plate number, vehicle identification number, model, year, etc. and keep it with you all the time. Make sure that there’s no one following you before you use your keys and avoid far-off and dark parking spaces. Most importantly, double check your windows and doors before leaving the parking area.
There are a host of other safety and security suggestions online that you can look up and keep to heart. However, these three basic but very effective pointers should be prioritised since this is your first vehicle. And while you’re getting a better feel of your car, don’t ever forget this very important newbie tip: always carry an extra set of keys just in case you lock yourself out.