Every year nearly 36,000 vehicles worth Rs.115 crore are stolen in India. Only about 14,500 are traced, often in unroadworthy condition, with many components missing. These vehicles are stolen because the thief is given the opportunity. However, the thief's attempts can be frustrated by taking the following measures and precautions.
Parking in a secured parking facility (garage, petrol pump, etc.) at night is a safe-guards against theft. If such parking facilities are not available, parking in a well-lit area is the next best alternative.
It is advisable to get the number of your car etched on your windscreens and window glasses. It helps the authorities trace your car if stolen.
Simple Do's and Don'ts What you should do...
Use securing devices like steering lock, clutch lock, brake lock, etc.
Double-check all doors, including the boot.
If possible install loud alarm systems in your car, so that thieves will be discouraged even if they manage to break into your car.
Try and use detachable music systems and take them with you whenever you park the car for a long time, so that there is no temptation for thieves to make a quick steal when they see expensive items in parked cars.
Paint car number on the front and rear of the body, apart from number plates. Ideally, have it etched on the windscreens and window glasses too. This prevents them from being misused by criminals using fake number plates.
What you should not do...
Never leave the vehicle door unlocked, nor the windows partially open. Make sure that the quarter glasses are properly secured.
Do not leave valuables inside the car, even if it is locked, as this will attract thieves.
Do not cut down on extra fittings, as these tempt prospective thieves.
Never, we repeat, never leave the key dangling in the ignition.
Report the theft to the nearest police station.
Inform your insurance company.