Automotive security is significant when considering the price of a car today. There are new devices and techniques of securing automobiles introduced almost daily but a few basic considerations listed below will provide good security for your automobile.
The car alarm has become so commonplace that it is hardly noticed anymore when honking the horn, beeping sirens and flashing lights. In fact some municipalities are passing ordinances to outlaw them as a nuisance. While they do have some deterrent value because of their attention getting sounds, they can be more effective if they incorporate a kill switch for the ignition system. Some systems have delayed kill switches which will stall the car in traffic attracting even more attention.
- Don't leave valuables in view in the vehicle.
- Always lock the doors, even in your garage or when you're in the car.
- Don't roll down windows when approached by strangers on foot.
- Don't hide a duplicate ignition key on the vehicle.
- Check interior before getting into car.
- Never leave car running unattended.
- Never leave children in the car alone.
If you find yourself locked out of your vehicle beware of helpful passers by putting things into the doors to open it for you. The mechanisms in the doors of late model cars have a lot of plastic connectors which will disengage if broken. Most late model vehicles have shielded mechanisms which only expose these plastic parts. A door with a broken mechanism is much harder to open than a correctly operating one. Probing around in the door can also activate side impact air bags if unaware of their location. The professional locksmith has instruction manuals and tools designed to open vehicles without damaging them.
Keys supplied with your vehicle have code designations which can be used to make a set of keys and should be safeguarded lest someone can make an unauthorized set. You can also use these code numbers to have a new set made by the dealer or a locksmith if you need them.
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