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Car thieves are getting smarter each day, inventing new ways to commit an auto theft. Your car is one of your most expensive investments and it's important to take extra precautions to prevent yourself from becoming a victim. We've put together 6 preventive ways to make your car a less appealing target.
1. Park in a well-lit and heavily trafficked area.
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Thieves like to work in the dark and at deserted places. Choose a well-lit and heavily trafficked area, regardless of whether you're parking in a carpark or on the street. This way, thieves will less likely to target your car if attention can be drawn to them easily.
2. Never leave your valuables in the car.
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If you leave your valuables in plain sight, you're just inviting thieves to break into your car. Help yourself to avoid car theft by locking your belongings in the car boot or take them along with you. Always remember that your valuables don't belong in your car, not even a small purse!
3. Don't leave your car running and unattended.
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This is a common habit among drivers, especially when they're at petrol stations or when they purchase something quick at a store. You're increasing the risk of your car being stolen and it can be easily avoided if you turn off your car and lock all doors when it's not in use. Did you know that it's also illegal to leave your vehicle engine running when it's stationary for non-traffic condition reasons? You may be fined up to $5,000 for committing the offence under the Environmental Protection and Management (Vehicular Emissions) regulations.
4. Park your car head-in.
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Parking your car front-end first discourages towing of vehicles. To add an extra layer of security, turn your steering wheel either fully right or left to make it more difficult for thieves to tow your car.
5. Invest in anti-theft device.
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Install an anti-theft device in your car that is visible to thieves, to discourage them from stealing your car. Going for SGD 123.95, this Singapore-designed steering wheel lock keeps your car secured and prevents it from being stolen!
6. Avoid parking your car near exits.
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Parking near exits allows thieves to escape easier and quicker. If possible, park your car in the middle of a row of cars to prevent your car from being stolen or broken into.
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