Automotive Security Tips

At Z-Tint & Alarms, we want you to continue owning your vehicle until you are ready to get rid of it. Many car owners, because of carelessness and unconcerned behavior, invite thieves to steal their car. The chances of having your car stolen or broken into are greatly minimized by simply removing the opportunity through a few precautionary measures. Below you will find a variety of helpful tips that every car owner should follow for the safety of your investment, your car! If you have any questions or we can assist you in any way, please contact Z-TINT & Alarms at 817-633-1770. For your convenience, you may also request services from this site.

Parking Your Vehicle
Always take the key out of the ignition, roll the windows up tight and lock the doors whenever you park your vehicle, even if only for a minute. Park in a well-lighted, busy location if possible. A car thief would rather work where he is not seen. Check your vehicle from time to time.

If you have a garage, use it! Lock both your car and the garage. If you do not have a garage, park in a driveway instead of the street, if possible.

When you park in an attended lot, leave only the ignition key. Do not give the attendant a full set of keys or any key on which a key code appears. This is an invitation for key copying. If you leave your house key, your home may become a target of a future burglary.

Never hide spare keys in a secret place or in a magnetic key box under the hood or other accessible places. Car thieves routinely check the visors and ash tray and look under the floor mats. If you feel better with spare keys close at hand, then carry them with you.

After parking your car, set the emergency brake and put the car in "park," or in gear if it has a manual transmission. To make it difficult for a thief to illegally tow your car, turn the steering wheel sharply to the left or right and remove the key to lock the steering column.

Alarms and Auto Theft Deterrence Systems

Install locks that deter thefts. These should include tapered door lock buttons, to keep thieves from using coat hangers to open your car doors from the inside.

Also install high-security ignition locks, which normally go around the steering column housing (sometimes these are known as "cuff locks").

A "cane" or "J-bend" lock, which normally hooks up the steering wheel and the brake pedal is also a great security device.

Other Forms Of Disablers Include The Following:

An ignition kill device, which interferes with the ignition system even if the car is "hot-wired." Or a fuel cutoff device, which shuts off the fuel after running for a few seconds. All of these devices can be hidden.

Install the best type of alarm that you can afford (silent alarms, sound discriminators, motion detectors, and computerized tracking transmitters are among the high-end devices now available). Be sure to advise potential thieves that you have an alarm by placing warning stickers on your windows or windshields.

What to do if your car is stolen

If you discover that your vehicle has been stolen, call the police immediately! Speed is essential in recovering stolen cars; any delay in reporting only helps the thieves.

Here are a few other things you can do to help recover your car:

"Marking" your car can make it easier for the police to identify your vehicle. One way is to drop a business card in the window slot. Another is to carefully engrave your initials inside the trunk, the hood, or even on the dashboard near the VIN number.

Carry a photocopy of your vehicles current license plate registration and insurance card. This will enable you to relay numbers to the police quickly if your car is stolen.

Use discretion if you see someone tampering with your car. Call 911 as quickly as possible. Do not begin a chase or fight with anyone, especially in a secluded area.

Protect yourself when buying a used car. Verify the sellers name and address, and be sure that the VIN on the registration card is the same as the VIN on the car itself. Thousands of stolen cars are seized from innocent buyers every year.

At Z-Tint & Alarms, we realize that you car is one of your most important investments. Therefore, we want to make every effort to ensure its security. We hope that you have found these tips to be helpful. If you have any questions or we can assist you in any way, feel free to call us at 817-633-1770. For your convenience, you may also request services from this site.


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