You wouldn’t assume that classic cars are targets for thieves, but they are stolen more often than you might realize. What’s more, these types of vehicles are far more difficult to recover, which is why it’s important to make classic car security a priority.
The methods used to steal cars have evolved and are more advanced than ever before but, unfortunately, classic cars can still be stolen quite easily using outdated techniques.
Here is how to keep your vehicle safer.
Common Classic Car Security Mistakes to Avoid
1. Keeping the Original Locks
It’s understandable that you want to keep as many original parts as you can but updating your classic car locks is highly recommended. This is because tryout keys are so readily available, which means anyone could unlock your car and drive away with it. Work with a professional locksmith who has experience with classic cars to find out whether you can rekey your locks or at least install new locks that are similar to the originals.
2. Leaving the Standard Windows In
Breaking a window is one of the easiest ways for a thief to gain access to your classic car. And if your car still has standard windows, this is even simpler to do. Installing security glass will prevent the windows from shattering as easily because the glass has a laminate layer. And because a thief prefers to cause minimal damage to a classic car, security glass is a good deterrent. Another option is to place a protective film over your windows, which will have a similar effect.
3. Thinking You Don’t Need an Alarm
If you don’t want to change the windows or the locks of your classic car then an alarm is a must. And an alarm doesn’t need to ruin the visual appeal of your vehicle either. There are ways to install an alarm that doesn’t require drilling or an LED display – you just need to find the right locksmith for the job. You can even take it one step further by installing an alarm that sends an alert to your phone should it be triggered. This way, there is less chance of you ignoring an alarm because it sounds like every other car alarm out on the street.
4. Failing to Park Your Car Somewhere Safe
You might think that your car won’t be targeted because it’s so unique, but don’t be so sure. Where you park and store your classic car is also important. The better the spot, the more protected your car is. If you do decide to rent a storage facility, ask questions about the security measures they have in place. Your car should ideally be stored behind a gate or garage door with a deadbolt or padlock. The storage property itself should also be well protected with cameras and quality fencing.
5. Not Installing a Vehicle Tracker
As mentioned earlier, classic cars are a lot harder to recover, so vehicle tracking makes a big difference. By installing a tracking system, you have a much better chance of getting your car back should it be stolen. It’s also another way to deter thieves from taking your car too far.
Now that you know what classic car security mistakes to avoid, you can take steps to keep your vehicle that much safer.