Tip 13 – Don’t Overlook Things

As a person owning or renting a home, it can be simple to overlook small problems or ignore them for the time being, because you don’t think it is that much of an issue.  The sad reality is that locks, doors and hinges need maintenance on a regular basis, and they are often forgotten.  However, a broken lock is a big issue, because your safety is in danger, and it needs to be addressed as soon as possible.


Tip 12: Invest in a tracking device

No, not the Bluetooth tracker from before that you use to find your keys: this is a GPS tracker to help you, your insurance company and the authorities find your car, should your vehicle be stolen at any point in the future.  These trackers usually come with an app or computer program, so you can always know where your car is – or even where your employees are when it comes to driving company vehicles.  This will help you in the case of a thievery, and even in the case of a fraudulent employee, or an employee that is wasting company resources.

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Tip 11: Contact Details

It is a good idea to attach your contact details to your car keys, should you ever lose them and a stranger picks them up.  It can be in the form of a keychain, a cardholder, or even on the key itself.  On this keychain, you should have your name and contact number, and even an extra number if you cannot be contacted.  Now you will have some peace of mind.  Do not put anything else on this keychain, such as a work address or a home address, as this puts your personal safety in danger, and could make criminals target your home.

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Tip 10: Clean up more

Should your car be cluttered with plastic bags, drink bottles and take-away wrappers, thieves might be under the impression that there are things hidden in your car – things a lot more valuable than a McDonald’s cheeseburger wrapper – and try to break in to your car.  It was listed earlier that valuables should be hidden well, though if your car is cluttered, this will hardly make a difference.  It acts as a lure, because curiosity will get the better of these thieves.  You can start by having a single plastic bag in your car in which you put all your clutter, so it looks cleaner, and you are safer.

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Tip 9: Parking

The right parking space is a large part of vehicle security. Don’t just park in the first space you see – try to find a place that’s well-lit and open to public view.

If you need to use a car park, try to find one that’s security patrolled, covered by CCTV, or that’s approved for safer parking by Park Mark.

If you’re at the shops or in a busy town centre car park, you should park close to other shoppers, rather than away from other cars.

Thieves will be less likely to target your vehicle if they believe they might be disturbed.


Tip 8: Do your research

If you intend to hire an auto locksmith, make sure to do your homework first.  What is meant by this?  Well, look for a reputable company – and you do this by simply Googling the company you intend to use, followed by the word ‘reviews’, and you can see how people have reacted to their services before, and whether the company you intend to use can be described as a good company that puts your needs first. 

It is better to do this than to later find out that the job they did is incomplete, and does not make you happy.


Tip 7: Invest in a Bluetooth alarm tracker

Bluetooth alarm trackers are see-through ornaments, like a keychain, that you put on the same ring as your car keys, and you can easily connect it to your phone.

It will help you to find your car key when you lose it, but it comes with a catch: do not lose your phone too, then you need to call an auto locksmith to help you.  These trackers are pretty ornaments, disguised hardware that is absolutely vital in the modern age, that come in a variety of shapes, colours and sizes, so you can choose a design you are comfortable with.

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Tip 6: Use a mechanical key

It is a good idea to make a mechanical key, one that does not have a transmitter.  This is the type of key that will aid you if, and when, you are locked out of your vehicle, for whatever reason. 

These are also the type of keys that cannot start your car’s ignition, but they are handy if you have locked yourself out of your car, and this has happened to all of us at one point or another. 

They furthermore also have the same cut as your car key and will help the auto locksmith make a duplicate in the case of you being locked out of your car.

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Tip 5: Make a duplicate of your car keys │ Southampton Auto Locksmith

Losing your car keys is a disaster, and it will cost you a lot of money to have an auto locksmith come out and help you.  That is why it is a wise idea to make a copy of your car keys as soon as you can, and make it from the original key too, to ensure that it will work.

Do not forget to test the key as soon as you get it too, otherwise you might just be stuck with a faulty key.  Keep this key in a safe place outside your car, like in your home on a specific place, so that you never have to look for it.



Tip 4: Invest in steering and hand brake locks

Having these handy little devices on your steering wheel, hand brake and gears, is a big deterrent for car thieves.  These devices prevent you from using the steering wheel to steer, from lowering the hand brake to drive away, and to change the gears.

It cannot be guaranteed that every thief will be deterred, but most of them will see the security measures you have taken and be discouraged.  If your car is parked in an isolated parking, they might still try, because there aren’t a lot of people to catch them, and they have more time to try and steal your car, and valuables.