With the holidays here, there’s an unspoken reality that many of us are sometimes hoping to ignore: while this season often brings out the best in everyone, it can also cause certain citizens to become desperate. And often, sad as it can be, this leads to an uptick in robberies. So how do you avoid this, particularly when you’re driving an exotic vehicle such as the ones found at Prestige Imports. So, how can you avoid auto theft? Here are five suggestions.
Five Tips for Avoiding Auto Theft
1) Don’t Make Your Car an Easy Target
While any person would be glad to drive a Lamborghini or Ferrari, all a thief really wants is an easy snare. That’s why it’s a good idea to make your car look like more trouble than it’s worth. Arm your security system, activate hoodlocks if you have them, and don’t leave your car running and unattended.
In addition to stealing a car outright, sometimes thieves are looking for the valuables that you have inside your vehicle. Many times, acquiring these are easier than simply stealing a car. So, if you’ve got electronics, jewelry or Christmas gifts, keep them in a place where they can’t be seen.
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3) Think Like a Thief
As we mentioned, thieves are generally looking for a path of least resistance. This is why it’s a good idea to think like they do. Thieves are looking for cars parked in poorly lit, remote locations, so don’t park in these places. They also know to look for magnetic key holders as well, so it’s best to avoid using these, particularly at this time of year.
4) Consider the “Chop Shop Effect”
While they seem like something that only exists in the movies, chop shops are actually real. However, if you have your VIN number etched visibly on your windows, the inconvenience of replacing all of the glass could be enough to make them think twice.
5) Use Common Sense
And here is your best defense, everyone. Don’t leave your keys in an unlocked car, keep your windows rolled up, and know the neighborhoods you’re driving through before you enter them. As always, the best way to avoid a bad situation is to never give it a chance to get that way.
With that, ladies and gentlemen, we offer you our wishes for a great holiday season ahead, and hope that you’ll come see us soon at Prestige Imports!