You’ve worked hard to acquire your Buick, GMC or pre-owned vehicle in San Antonio, but the real hard work comes into play when you want to deter potential thieves from stealing your hard-earned valuable. Car theft continues to be a prominent issue in the U.S. with a car stolen every 44 seconds, according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
Try minimizing your vehicle’s next 44 seconds from being the victim of a sneaky thief with these simple tricks to prevent car theft.
Lock the Doors, Close the Windows -- Knowing that some people give an invitation for thieves to steal their car by leaving the doors unlocked is enough to make us a cringe. No matter where you are, your vehicle should remain locked, even while driving. Keeping the windows closed when unattended is also a safeguard measure, and this includes closing the convertible top on your new 2016 Buick Cascada.
Do Not Leave Valuables in Sight -- Consider it another friendly invitation if you leave valuable belongings visibly open to the public from your vehicle. If you must carry anything valuable or expensive in your car, try taking it with you every time you get out of your vehicle or secure it in the trunk.
Install Anti-Theft Systems -- Instead of providing theft proposals, tell car thieves to be on their merry way by installing a locking mechanism on the steering wheel, or by installing an ignition kill switch. An accessory available on most Buicks is a wheel lock kit.
Park in Garage or High-Visibility Places -- If you have a garage, use it. If not, try to park in well-lit, high-visibility places to prevent thieves from working their illegal magic in private.
Etch Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) on Window -- A lot of stolen vehicles are transported to chop shops where the parts are eventually distributed. Etching the VIN on the window and other parts of the car will deter thieves from having to replace the windows and other useable parts.