Your car is safe when in airport parking, but it is important that you take measures to further ensure its safety. The airport parking company does what they can to make sure that your vehicle is protected and will be there when you return. It is, however, your responsibility to not make your vehicle a target. Leaving valuable items in your car makes it a target. So, let’s have a look at what you can do to further reduce the chances of your vehicle being stolen or broken into.
- Don’t leave valuable items in your vehicle. Valuable items are anything that potential thieves may see as something they can sell for money. These include money, GPS devices, cell phones, tablets, laptops, car chargers, jewellery, keys, clothes, etc. These things put a big red target sign on your vehicle. You can lock these up in your trunk, but even then, it may not be enough. Rather take everything you need with you and leave everything else at home.
- Check that your insurance is up to date and covers airport parking. Before you book your spot in airport parking, check with your insurance whether they cover your car while there. You want to make sure that you have cover in the unlikely event that something should happen to your vehicle. Also, ensure that your payments are up to date.
- Keep your keys safe. If you park your vehicle and take your keys with you, make sure that you know where they are. There is nothing as frustrating as having to search for your car keys and wondering if you left them in another city or country. Designate a pocket or pouch for your car keys so you can know exactly where to find them. If your car is parked by and taken care of by a valet, they will most often keep the keys. They keep all the keys for vehicles in their care in a safe place.
- Ask the airport company to give you updates. You can ask that the company send you notifications or pictures or alerts regarding the status of your car. It can be simple and just say that your car is still safe where you left it. Not all companies may be able to do this, but at least ask.
- Enable tracking devices and theft alerts. When you leave your car, you can activate these features if you have them. This way, even if your car gets stolen or broken into, the insurance company and vehicle tracking people can still try and get it back.
Leaving your car in someone else’s hands can be difficult, but sometimes it’s necessary. You can trust airport parking companies to keep your car safe, but there are no guarantees. So, do your part to keep your vehicle safe and avoid making it a target.