The danger of parking your vehicle at home can often be overlooked. This is particularly the case if you have lived in the same area for an extended period of time with no issues. Add in the increase in technology, and you might be thinking: surely my vehicle is under no threat when parked at home?
Well, think again.
Even if your car is stored in a garage, this will not stop opportunist burglars if they spot a weakness. Savvy criminals will pounce on any safety flaws regarding your vehicle, and it could end up with you needing to make a call to the police and insurers.
There is good news: with a few additional precautions, you can significantly reduce the possibility of your car being a victim of crime. Here’s a quick guide on how to keep your vehicle safe when parking at home.
Use your garage
It’s not a truly foolproof method, and not everyone has the luxury, but storing your vehicle in a garage overnight goes a long way to keeping it safe. Would-be robbers won’t be walking right past your car and scouting it for possessions or keys, for example. A garage will also keep your vehicle safe from damage.
If you don’t currently own a garage and don’t feel like splashing the cash on building a standard one, there’s no need to worry. There are affordable Quonset garage buildings available, which are durable and customizable. Speaking of the latter, you can easily design the garage so it can store two vehicles or even an RV.
Never forget your keys
It’s an incredibly simple point to mention. Yet there’s an alarming amount of people who simply forget to bring their keys out of their vehicle. Statistics suggest that, between 2016 and 2018, an average of 209 automobiles in the US were stolen daily due to keys or fobs being left in vehicles. As a result, you should always remember to take the key/fob into your home.
Watch at all times
As much as you may want to, it’s impossible to watch over your vehicle on a 24-hour basis. One solution, however, is by installing a CCTV system. Unlike security cameras of just a few years ago, modern CCTV setups will deliver crystal clear footage of your car – regardless if it’s morning or night.
While you can go with an inconspicuous approach with the CCTV equipment, it’s arguably more advantageous to tell the world about it. You can include a sign on your car or fence that lets people know they’re on CCTV. This can be a great way of scaring robbers off before they even try to tamper with your vehicle.
Light it up
When combating vehicle crime, another handy piece of technology is an automatic security light.
If a potential robber comes onto your driveway, they will immediately be hit with a blanket of light. Even if this doesn’t deter them – and in most cases, it will – the light will act as a signal for you or your neighbors to know if something’s amiss. Moreover, it can also assist the previous point about CCTV by adding visibility to captured footage.