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- 04:59 pm, May 17, 2012
Minimise your chances of being a victim of car theft with these simple and basic tips.
More often than not common sense is your best defense and more often than not, we tend to overlook the most basic things and become a victim of auto theft. In India, a vehicle is stolen on an average of every 34 minutes. Not only does auto theft cost the victim time and money, but also it creates potential danger for the society as a whole. As many a times, the same stolen vehicles are used to commit other crimes and are often sold to innocent and unsuspecting customers.
Below is the list of 20 basic tips you must keep in mind, as a responsible car owner and driver to minimise your chances of being a victim of auto theft.
1. One of the most basic tip is to make sure you lock your vehicle, close all the windows and sun roof and don't forget to take your keys.
2. Never hide your duplicate set of keys in your car.
3. Don't leave valuables, cellphones, iPods, laptops etc. in the plain view.
4. Don't leave important documents such as passports, credit cards, bank statements, bill or any other documents that has your personal information on it in the car. Thieves can use this information against you to access banks and card accounts.
5. Never leave the car registration papers inside the car. If in case, your car gets stolen, it will make it easier for the thief to dispose off your vehicle. Keep license and registration papers on you all the time.
First Published on 04:59 pm, May 17, 2012
Gauri 'Cookie' Lokare
The mandatory female biker in the team loves speed and suffers heavily from wanderlust. When she isn't riding or driving, she is catching up on world cinemas, solving sudoko or is making solo travel plans for her next adventure. Spain, check. France, check. Half of the world, check. Next stop: Africa. Tough cookie, this one.