Tips to Guard Your Classic Car Against Theft
It’s a shame that we have to think about theft protection when it comes to classic vehicles, but it is an unfortunate necessity. Afterall, the last thing you want is to spend a bunch of money getting your classic just the way you want, only to have it stolen from you. From targeted thefts of a specific model, to your general crime, classic cars are a target in a high value market. However, there are several steps you can take to ensure the safety of your vehicle. Consider these tips to guard your classic car against theft so you can relax, knowing your prized possession is safe.
To begin with, choosing a safe and secure storage facility is the best guard against theft when you can’t be with your car. PowerPortal Products offers a state of the art managed care facility, equipped with 24 hour web based security system. No one is getting near your classic car that is not you, or an authorized employee. Read more on our storage facility. You car could not be in safer hands.
The right storage facility keeps your car safe while in storage, but what about when you have the car in your driveway, or parked in public? There are many different security systems that can be installed in your classic vehicle. Some require more alterations than others, but all have their high points in security. The best way to protect your car is going with a multi layered approach. In other words, don’t rely on one single system to be your entire security blanket.
The first thing you can do is install a hidden kill switch. If you install a simple toggle switch out of the view of a thief, they will not be able to start the vehicle. While this won’t deter a sophisticated thief who knows how to bypass these switches, or will know where to look for them, this will guard you against the impulsive, inexperienced thief or joy rider. The club will also serve as a good deterrent to amateur thieves as it it is an extra step in the theft process, likely influencing them to stay away.
On the opposite end of the spectrum, utilizing Vinshield, will deter seasoned thieves who know to look for it but not amateurs. Vinshield etches your vin number into all the glass parts of your car, making it too much of an expensive chore for a thief who will then have to replace all the glass. On the downside, the ameteur who steals a car with vinshield will likely be caught, but by then it may be too late to recover the full value of your vehicle.
Using LoJack is a very popular anti-theft solution for classic car owners. This may be the one must have on the list. Lojack is self powered, and is operated by police departments nationwide. It usually will get you a big discount on your insurance and also offers a money back guarantee should your vehicle not be recovered. The only downside is that the lojack tracking is not activated until you report your car stolen. So, the earlier you report the theft the better.
Another really state of the art anti-theft measure is using Ravelco. This device is basically like having a second key. There is a 16 pin female plug installed beneath your dashboard and the male end of the plug comes with you when you are not operating the vehicle. A hidden, armoured steel cable prevents the wires from easily being cut. You can choose from over 100,000 different set up combos. In 37 years, no cars with Ravelco installed have been reported stolen. Those are some good numbers.
Finally, you can always install a car alarm system. There are countless models to choose from and each one has it’s pros and cons for different cars. They vary as far as the amount of alterations you will need to do to your car’s electrical system as well. Some come complete with their own GPS tracking system and remote ignitions, some even being controlled by a smart phone.
Aside from these tips to guard your classic car against theft, common sense will get you a long way in anti-theft protection. Be aware of your surroundings. Don’t park your car in an area known for car thefts. Keep your doors locked, windows up and never leave the keys in the ignition, or in the vehicle at all for that matter. With common sense and a good multi-layered plan of protection, you can rest easy knowing that your classic car is protected.