Despite the drop in the overall crime rate across Australia, car thefts are still becoming more common these past few years. In the ACT alone, motor vehicle theft rose by 10% from 751 reported cases back in 2013 to 823 by the end of the last year, and the trend seems to be increasing in other parts of Australia.
As a car owner, keeping your car safe from thieves is a constant struggle. It’s no secret that they are becoming more desperate and innovative in the ways they try to break into your vehicle to steal it, and locking the door and keeping your car in the garage isn’t as effective anymore.
You have to be innovative in your attempts to safeguard your car from would-be thieves. Below are just some of the ways you can do this.
Rekeying Locks and Reprogramming Keys
Generally, all car keys have a built-in transponder that allows you to open your car remotely. It actually goes beyond just the physical lock of the car though; Advanced Lock & Key notes that the microchip, ‘communicates with the vehicle’s engine management system, and when a correct signal is received, the engine is started’.
The worst thing that can happen though is if your transponder keys fall into the wrong hands, which is why it may be a smart decision to rekey your locks and reprogram your keys occasionally. For those who have had their car stolen before, this is necessary as thieves may target you again.
Compared to rekeying house locks, what you’ll be replacing are the car lock’s pins, not tumblers. This goes hand in hand with reprogramming your keys since, as mentioned before, the engine will fail to start if it receives the wrong signal.
Get Professional Help
If you’re planning on rekeying the car’s locks and reprogramming the keys, it’s a good idea to get professional help. While it’s entirely possible to do this on your own, since transponders are relatively easy to program and replacements pins are easy to acquire, there’s always a risk of incorrectly programming the transponder or messing up when rekeying the lock. If this happens, you may not be able to drive your car at all!