For many Australians, buying a car is one of the biggest investments they will make in their life, second only perhaps to the family home. Our vehicles are a valuable asset, one that we usually work very hard to pay for and rely on for so much of our day-to-day lives.
With that in mind, you will likely agree that the importance of protecting this expensive asset should also be high on your list of priorities - again, just behind the family home. While defending your vehicle while away from your residence presents a different set of challenges, for the most part your car will be stored at home, and as such can be part of your overall security strategy.
The risks of car break-in
Despite advances in automobile security, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics theft of cars (or of items inside cars) is still a large problem across the nation. In 2013-14, for example, there were vehicle thefts reported by 54,400 households, while 258,800 people experienced theft from a vehicle.
Those are obviously very troubling numbers, but how many of those incidents might have been prevented with the right alarm systems and basic security measures?
Securing your vehicles at home
The National Motor Vehicle Theft Reduction Council notes that, like most property crime, car theft is usually opportunistic, with criminals gaining access to your property through open or unlocked doors and windows. This can be even more likely in garages, which are often far from parts of the house where you might hear an intruder.
Therefore, the most important concern for vehicle security is to make sure access is as difficult as possible, with strong, lockable garage doors a good place to start. Following that basic step, installing a video alarm system that is able to capture images from your garage can be the extra layer of security you need, to deter or even catch intruders in the act.
Speak to NSR security today about your security and alarm system options.