There are several things that many classic car owners are naturally a bit more concerned about than modern car owners, and one of the top examples here is theft protection. A classic car is much more likely to be part of an attempted theft than a modern vehicle, both due to their value and overall rarity, but there are some simple ways classic car owners can avoid these risks entirely.
At Andersen Restoration Parts, we proudly offer a huge range of products and equipment for those making any kind of upgrade or restoration to a classic vehicle, from tie rod steering rebuild kits to center links, polyurethane kits and many other options. Here are some general tips we regularly offer clients on protecting their classic vehicles from any kind of theft risk.
Common-Sense Themes at Home
When you're at home and your classic car is parked somewhere on the property, there are several simple concepts you should always be maintaining for its security, including:
- Locking garage or shed: Ideally, your vehicle should be stored in a locked garage or shed when not in use, either with a standard lock on the door or an additional security system installed.
- Motion-sensing lights: Motion-sensing lights can be used to illuminate any areas where your classic car is parked, making it much harder for thieves to go unnoticed in the dark.
- Covering the vehicle: If the vehicle is parked in an area that doesn't have a garage or shed to protect it, at least make sure it has a tarp covering over it while not in use.
- Never leave keys nearby: Never leave keys in any nearby areas – not even a spare set. This is one of the easiest things thieves look for when casing out classic car properties.
Common-Sense Themes Away from Home
When you're traveling away from home and taking your classic car with you, there are some additional precautions and tips to keep in mind:
- Close windows, lock doors: No matter where you are, make sure that all windows and doors of the vehicle are closed and locked. Even if you're only leaving the vehicle for a few minutes or even just walking away, always make sure it's secured.
- Park in well-lit areas: Whenever possible, park your classic car in well-lit areas where there will be a lot of people around - parking garages or structures are great options.
- Take your keys with you: Just like you don't want to leave keys behind at home, never leave them in the vehicle or in any other unattended area.
Theft Deterring Components
Whether they're already present in your vehicle or need to be installed, there are a few additional components you can use to further deter any potential thieves:
- Car alarms: Car alarms are simple but effective – they create a loud noise if the vehicle is tampered with and alert anyone in the area of potential theft.
- Tracking devices/systems: The installation of tracking device or system will also allow you to be notified if the vehicle is being moved without your permission.
- Engine immobilizers: Engine immobilizers are also great for classic cars, as they will prevent anyone from starting or even moving the vehicle without proper authorization.
- Alarm window stickers: Even if you don't have an alarm installed, displaying window stickers can be enough to make would-be thieves think twice about attempting anything.
More Extensive Theft Prevention Options
In some cases, you may want to go even a bit further than the above to protect your classic car from theft risks. Here are some of your options:
- Brake pedal locks: Brake pedal locks are designed to fit a classic car's brake pedal and make it impossible for anyone other than the authorized user to apply the brakes.
- Steering wheel locks: Similarly, steering wheel locks make it almost impossible to steer a vehicle without first unlocking them.
- Kill switches: Kill switches can be installed into your classic car’s electrical system to render it completely useless without your authorization.
- Fuel pump fuse removal: If you're going to be away for an extended period, consider removing the fuel pump fuse so that it cannot be started without first being replaced.
No matter where your classic car is located, following these tips and suggestions can help ensure it stays safe and secure. Implementing a few of them can go a long way towards keeping thieves away – so investing the time to do so can provide peace of mind for classic car owners.
For more here, or to learn about any of our classic vehicle restoration parts or tips, speak to our team at Andersen Restoration Parts today.