Securing Your Vehicle

Motorcycle thefts are getting increasingly more common. With vehicle thefts on the rise, perpetrators are getting more creative in targeting the keys to our ride. We experience more vulnerable moments than we actually recognise. Surfers, for example, often lose their car keys when they are out surfing. Motorcyclists return to the parking lot, only to discover that their bikes have been stolen, disassembled, and sold for profit from the spare parts.

But you need not fall victim to another case of vehicle theft.
Here are some ways that you could secure your vehicle:

If you drive a car:

1) Lock your car

Seems obvious enough, but statistics show that over 50% of stolen cars were actually unlocked. So check and double check, even if you’re in a rush. That extra 5 seconds you take to lock and unlock your car might save your car from being a target for thieves.

2) NEVER hide spare keys in the car

You can hide, but they will still find it. Don’t risk it. In fact, this habit is so prevalent that car manufacturers have even resorted to high tech to address it. Instead of a ignition keyhole, many cars these days come with a wirelessly activated ignition.

3) Apply your emergency brake

Apart from safety purposes, the emergency brakes will definitely make it harder to tow your car away.

 

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1) Chains

Secure your motorcycle with a strong chain that requires more than just a bolt cutter’s strength to saw through. Most riders think that a simple cheap padlock will suffice, but no. You worked hard to buy your bike, so why trade it for a few bucks by buying some cheap locks that make thieves laugh?

2) Secure it to a strong anchor

Just like a bicycle, securing your motorcycle to an anchor is a good deterrent against bike thieves. It will be even better if the anchor is a lamp post, so that the thief can’t use a strong crowbar to dislodge your anchor

3) Additional switches

Before you modify your bike, always ensure that the intended modification complies with your local laws.

Some motorcyclists are very creative and throw in kill switches, combination locks, an additional ignition button, all of which takes time for a thief to figure out. Though it does not prevent the bike from being towed away physically, you can always add in an alarm that will attract a huge amount of attention if the bike is moved.

 

Keys

urlKeys are something not all of us think about. Remember when we mentioned how surfers often lose their car keys while out surfing? Well, if hiding car keys in our bikinis, or  under a bundle of towels isn’t a good idea, how else can we secure our keys?

Surf Lock has designed a pad lock that locks on to your car handle, and keeps your key safe in the number pad lock. The alternative is to use a water wallet when you’re in the beach, but they can be a hindrance. In some horror stories, they’ve been known to detach while in the water.

The best form of protection is still having a physical person watching over your belongings. But if it is inevitable that you leave your keys behind, Surf Lock is one of the better solutions out there.

-The PROTAG Team

5 Ways To Find Your Lost Dog/Cat

Losing your pet can be one of the most heartbreaking and frustrating things that can happen to pet owners. Most pets, like dogs and cats, usually don’t stray from you unless it has a pretty good reason (i.e distracted by other animals in the area, wanting to play) and most of the time they come back. Cats and dogs are curious and social creatures, especially cats! So if your pet ever gets lost, how would we know and what should we do?

Here’s 5 methods that work:

MicrochipMicrochipping

Well first of all, you could get your pet micro-chipped. A microchip is a small chip tag that is injected into the neck of your pet which contains a unique ID that shelters can scan for. It is harmless and proved extremely useful in identifying lost pets over the years.

Each microchip is extremely small which contains information on the animal’s vaccination, medical condition, etc. and is very cheap. Most pet owners opt to have it injected when their pet is going for any surgery such as splaying.

 

Collar

Almost all of our dogs and cats get a collar with a name tag engraved on. Well beyond just their name, it’s definitely a good idea to list a phone number and possibly an address in as well. That way the chances of a Good Samaritan contacting you immediately is raised a lot higher.

 

Possible Hiding Locations

It is also a good habit to jot down places your pet may like to hide (under the porch, in the garage, etc.). After spending years with your pet, it’s easy to lose track of where you pet feels comfortable with and where he may be. Should the need ever arise, your search locations can be easily narrowed down.

Most cats like to hide in corners and wander about alone. While there’s nothing wrong with that, it is important to observe its habits, so you can determine when it might be lost. Due to their wandering nature, the longer a cat is left outside, the further they tend to stray from your home. Knowing whether your cat prefers to wander indoors or outdoors is also a key tip when you’re trying to locate a lost one. An indoor cat usually hides in places in your home, and stays in the same location unless forced out by fear or hunger. An outdoor cat will likely be on the move each day it is missing.

 

Call the local shelters and pounds

It is a pretty well known fact that most shelters and pounds do not have the capacity to hold on to animals for a very long  period of time. Therefore it is important to notify them with a description and a photo of your pet. Make frequent visits and remain persistent. This is to avoid a situation where by the shelter finds your pet but unknowingly puts it down.

 

PostersLost pet poster

It is important that you put up posters to let the community know that your pet is lost so they can help be on the lookout. Many people print and put up posters around a 1 km radius of their neighborhood, but also ensure you cover areas where your pet is familiar with and other possible areas they may be.

There are many tips to making an effective posters,  but generally the key points is to ensure that you do not put up information that exposes your pet to being held for ransom or exploited (i.e putting a high cash reward).

Here’s a wikihow as a guide to making a poster:

http://www.wikihow.com/Make-an-Effective-Missing-Pet-Poster

 

The Search

The physical search is often the toughest,and most emotional period for the owners. The most important thing is to not lose hope and believe you will be reunited with your pet. When walking around, bring toys and make sounds that your pet is used to. Dogs are especially receptive to smell and sounds. Therefore, it is good to hang on to familiar items and make sounds your pet will recognize. If you found your pet, try not to run forward to catch your pet. Remember, your pet was missing and probably hasn’t seen any familiar face for a few days. In addition to being scarred, some dogs may playfully run away. So to avoid that scenario, slowly coax your pet to your side to reunite with each other.

One common method that many dog owners use, is to place a bowl of water and its’ favourite toy at a location where it was last seen. This method works best if the dog had used it recently, as it still has a strong scent.  Many dogs have been found using that method as most dogs instinctively try to find their owner and water at the last location they were together.

 

We hope this guide has helped you!

-The PROTAG Team