One of the safest places for your car to be is parked outside your home. With street lighting and homes full of people, budding thieves can be deterred. It goes without saying, keep your car locked when you’ve parked it. Even if you’ve just popped back into the house for something, it just keeps your car safer.
When it comes to parking your car, a driveway or garage is best, if you have access to one of these. The closer your car is to your home, or more hidden it is, the safer it’ll be. If possible, install a motion-activated light on your driveway, as this could increase safety. If you don’t have access to a driveway or a garage, try to park under a streetlight, or where your car is in view of other houses.
When parking in town, there are different types of parking such as street parking or in a multi storey car park. When you leave your car, it will be more protected if you hide any valuables. Put coats and bags into the boot where they’re safe and hidden. Much like when you park at home, try to leave your car near a well-lit, populated area or building as this will help reduce any chance of risk, too. If you’re leaving your car in a car park, try to find somewhere with CCTV cameras. Many multi-storey carparks will have this level of security.
All the measures we have suggested to protect your vehicle are advice. If you follow our advice we hope that your vehicle will be safe and secure. However, there are no guarantees. The main aim is to be sensible with your vehicle and not take any unnecessary risks.