No matter what Sydney suburb you live in, if you are concerned about vandalism to your vehicle and the possibility of tampering, then you need to do what you can to keep your car off the street.

There’s nothing worse than coming out to your vehicle and realising that it has a scratch all the way down one side. In many cases, crimes like this are done by bored, generally young people with nothing better to do.

Regardless of whether it’s a few smashed eggs, or some spray paint, it’s a hassle to have to fix, and can be costly.

If you have been a victim of any of the crimes mentioned above, there are steps you can take to ensure the perpetrators are found.

If you are suspicious of someone in particular or perhaps even a neighbour, the best thing to do is find out if your suspicions are right, before going to the police or confronting them yourself.

Most undercover car parks have security systems in place and often there are even security guards carrying out surveillance of the premises after hours. If something does happen to your vehicle while it’s parked in the car park, you should be able to speak to the security supervisor of your building in order to obtain the footage that could potentially be helpful to police.

There are many older style unit blocks however that don’t have cctv systems installed so if your car is vandalised, there’s no way of catching the perpetrator.

If your car is being damaged, or you are concerned about someone tampering with your vehicle outside your home, then having video surveillance installed is ideal. Having video cameras positioned at different angles facing where you park your car will ensure that you have peace of mind that your vehicle is safe and in the case that something does happen, all you’ll have to do is look at the HD video footage from the video cameras in order to identify who is targeting you, and your vehicle.

Taking the necessary steps to minimise crime

While it’s important to have the relevant surveillance systems in place, there are some preventative steps that you can take to reduce the risk of your car being tampered with.

1. Keep your car in a locked up garage- If there is a chance or you are concerned that someone may try to tamper with your brakes or simply vandalise your vehicle, keeping it locked up is preferable.

2. Fit your car with a portable GPS system- Fitting your car with a portable GPS system means that if it’s stolen, it will be very easy to track and locate.

3. Avoid street parking where possible- If you park on the street, it makes it very difficult to control or monitor what is happening to your vehicle. Wherever possible, park your car in security car parks or in a locked up garage.

Being diligent with locking your car and ensuring it is fitted with the latest security devices means that you will have peace of mind every time you leave your vehicle, knowing that it will be safe and untouched on your return.