Thursday, August 21, 2014

Tip of the Day: An Effective Solution to Expatriates Who Drive Abroad and Worry About Auto-Theft

For those of our readers who reside in a foreign country that they were not born in, particularly for those who drive regularly on either a local driving permit or an International Driving Permit (IDP), I have a strong suggestion.

Considering that auto theft globally is perhaps one of the fastest growing crimes anywhere on the Planet, regardless of whether you live in a developed country or one that is developing.

For as long as I can remember, I have been recommending foreign drivers to contact one of the below vendors and have shatter-resist film installed on the INTERIOR windows of their vehicles to prevent auto theft:

http://solutions.3m.com/wps/portal/3M/en_US/Window_Film/Solutions/Markets-Products/Residential/Safety-Security_Window_Films

http://www.shattersafe.com and http://www.shattergard.com/home

For a list of European vehicles that are on most thieves' shopping list, see the below:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/motoring/picturegalleries/8429899/Britains-most-frequently-stolen-cars

Why? Pretty simple, actually.

Even if you have your vehicle alarmed, the majority of car thieves ignore auto alarms.

Secondly, the majority of car thieves are really not bashful in breaking a window to "hot-wire" the ignition, particularly if the vehicle is on a "shopping list."

Most car thieves work through providers who deliver makes and models to "customers" on "demand." 

That also means that people who steal cars generally have access to an illegal garage that replaces broken windows, repaints vehicles, adds options and accessories, etc.