Securing a Car Stereo

Security Tips For Car Stereos

It’s an unfortunate fact that oftentimes the cars with the best stereos are the targets for thieves. While it’s never totally possible to avoid theft 100 percent of the time, there are things motorists can do to protect their cars and their stereo systems from those looking to take a five-finger discount.

The basic rules of car protection come into play in minimizing the risks for a stereo to be stolen. Here are some of the basic things a driver can do to help turn a would-be thief away from their car:

* Always lock the doors. It’s been said that a door lock will only keep an honest person honest, but even so, the locking of doors can help deter thieves in a hurry to get their hands on the prize.
* Use an alarm system. An expensive system isn’t always required, but if the auto comes with a remote system, by all means use it. Remember thieves will even break into your car in your driveway while you’re sleeping, so it’s just a good idea to get in the habit of locking doors and engaging security systems every time you exit the vehicle.
* Removable faceplates. These lower the value of the unit to the thief since the driver can take this piece out of the car after a trip. However, they are not the most effective means of deterring theft since replacements can be purchased for much less than a good unit will sell for.
* Common sense. Park in areas that are heavily trafficked. Don’t leave windows open and doors unlocked. Remember, car thieves tend to go for the easiest target, minimize your risks by employing good common sense.
* Don’t leave valuables out in the open. If a purse, package or a CD collection are left out where passersby can see them, the chances of a break in are increased. Bring your purse with you. Put packages out of plain view – a locked truck works best. And by all means don’t leave $200 worth of CDs on the seat.
* Don’t advertise. A big trend lately is for stereo enthusiasts to put stickers on their car advertising their sound system of choice. That’s kind of like giving a thief a content list of the car. Don’t do it. The stickers might seem neat, they might seem cool and they might help identify the owner of the car as a member of a “club” of stereo owners, but they also tell a thief there’s expensive equipment in the car.

There’s no way to guarantee a car won’t be the target of a thief, but drivers can do their part to lessen the chances. A few extra steps can protect a car from a break-in and protect a car stereo system from being stolen.