Knowing how to protect yourself from car theft is a critical skill to have once you learn how to drive and are given the responsibility of operating an automobile. Even if you drive a car you do not personally own, it is incumbent upon you to take what steps you can to keep the car from being stolen.
While it might seem blatantly obvious that you should protect yourself from car theft, there are multiple risks and disadvantages of potentially having your vehicle stolen. A car is a major financial investment, often second only to homes in terms of size of your budget. If a car is not fully insured, then losing a car to crime can mean losing money overall.
Also, while being without a car is an inconvenience, it can sometimes mean a loss of income or means of getting to work. Depending on when and how a car is stolen, it can also put you in physical jeopardy.
Fortunately, there are easy things you can do to protect yourself from car theft. Locking your car doors at all times is a great first step. This should happen both whenever you leave a car, but also while you are in it. Carjacking is a lot harder to fall prey to with locked doors, and locked doors also increase your chances of surviving an accident too!
When you have to park your car, do so as close as possible to the entrance or doorway to the building you are going into, but also do so underneath light if it is dark outside. Car thieves are far less likely to strike if you are entering and exiting your vehicle in a well-lit spot.
If you carry a purse or handbag, have some kind of protective device on your person. As a matter of fact, all individuals can carry miniature pepper spray devices on their key chains (where legal). You only need a second to get in your car and get away, and most carjackers are just looking for a car, not a fight.
Car alarms, electronic keys, and remote ignitions are all modern technology options that help you keep a car safe from being stolen, so take advantage of them when you can. Also familiarize yourself with the most commonly stolen makes and models of cars, and do what you can to avoid driving them.