Owning a vehicle is important because of the convenience that comes with it. You can drive to work, college, shopping or wherever else you desire. However, vehicles are prone to a variety of issues, including accidents, breakdowns and unfortunately theft. Many vehicles are stolen across the country and around the world. Reasons for theft are varied but basically car thieves usually steal motor vehicles to sell them off cheaply or to use them to commit another crime.
If you own an older, less “attractive” car, you may think that you will be safe from theft. Unfortunately, it’s actually these older, less flashy vehicles that are stolen most often. Typically anything too expensive or too noticeable provides a larger risk of the thief getting caught right away.
Car theft victims are usually left stranded and distraught as they suffer the loss of an expensive investment as well as the emotional distress that accompanies the theft. In some cases, the theft will involve a carjacking incident which is even more distressing to the victim. In either situation, the feeling of having something taken away from you is an unnerving one and many people are left feeling helpless and vulnerable. Many times there are personal items, photos or other types of identification that can also make the loss seem even greater and the fear of identity left is often a common concern.
According to statistics, most vehicles that are targeted are those which are normally left at easy disposal to the thieves. The car could be parked on the driveway with the engine running and doors open, the car could be parked but the spare key left somewhere in the car or other careless situations. Car thieves rarely go to great lengths to steal a motor vehicle but rather look for easy prey.
Many people also fall victim of car theft by purchasing vehicles that have been stolen from other drivers. Car thieves will usually disguise the cars and change the registration or number plate. You may be unknowingly duped into buying a car that may soon be repossessed and given back to its rightful owner. In most of these situations, you will normally notice something is amiss before you actually get down to the final purchase.
Insurance companies cover motor theft under comprehensive car insurance policies. A comprehensive policy is therefore the best suited policy you can choose in order to get coverage against motor vehicle theft. Of course, insurance providers however require that all policy holders undertake certain measures to prevent against car theft. Use an electronic car alarm that can detect and deter forced entry.
Car owners should also use the services of tracking companies that ensure that the car’s movements are always tracked via satellite or other means at all times and can be located. Other common sense practices should also be in place whenever you leave your vehicle. Remember to always lock your car doors and windows when parking the car. Never leave valuables within site and never leave spare keys anywhere in the car. Cars should always be parked in secure and well lit areas. Such simple, yet important, techniques will ensure that a vehicle is secure and at low risk of being stolen.
While car theft incidents have reduced in recent years, it is always best that safety precautions are taken to prevent car theft incidents and also to reduce and minimize the risks.
Tom Fisher is a contributing writer for Kanetix.ca.