Safety and Security of Your Car While You Are Away on Holiday

For many people flying abroad on business or holiday travelling to the airport by car is the preferred option whether they are going away for a couple of weeks or just for a few days. Bearing in mind that your car is probably the second most valuable item after your house, choosing a secure car park is for your peace of mind is very important.

The two things, which most concern car owners, are possible theft or damage to their vehicle while they are away.

Taking damage first

For the past month in the UK snow and ice has caused many accidents on the roads but on top of this, many people have returned to their cars after being to work or shopping to find their car damaged and the perpetrator has just vanished leaving them with a hefty bill.

Unfortunately, there does not have to be snow or ice on the ground for this to happen at a busy airport. Some people are just simply poor at parking and some others quite frankly are not bothered. The person who parks badly may not even directly cause the bump but by not parking centrally between the parking lines cars to one side will see the gap between themselves and the next car narrow and it only needs someone to open a car door without thinking and bang, someone has got a nasty dint. Will this car owner leave a note or move their car and park elsewhere.

If your car were damaged in this way, it would be near impossible to find the culprit unless you were lucky enough to get the culprit on camera and if you have been away some time the chances get even slimmer because it is unlikely that the authorities would be willing to trawl through hours of closed circuit television.

This having been said all airport car parks are very well lit and clearly signed and damage only happens to a very small percentage.

Theft

When parking at the airport you simply turn up at the airport and insert your entry ticket to gain access and insert your paid ticket into the machine on the way out. There is no security involved in identifying you as the owner of that car.

One of many scams used by thieves would be to steal a car and take it to the airport and then break into the car they had already identified and just pay for the stay on the car they had already stolen and leave the car park like any ordinary traveller. Once again these thieves rely on the vastness of airport car parks and their skill at breaking into cars without causing suspicion is well documented.

Off airport Car Parks

When you arrive at an off airport car park you will be met at closed gates or barrier and directed to a drop off zone. You will then be asked to take your car keys to reception where your return flight details will be confirmed and be given a ticket for identification and instructions for your pick up details upon your return. These will ask you to ring either before or after getting your luggage and indicate where outside of arrivals you will be met.

From here your car will be parked by car park staff and upon your day of arrival moved to an area close to reception for you to collect having first taken your ticket back to reception to collect your keys.

Under this scenario the car park know exactly the day, time and flight you are returning as the first part in identification and secondly you have to hand in your ticket before you will be able to get your keys.

With regard to accidents your car will be the responsibility of the car park and subject to a quick check over before they move your car. The advantage of an off airport car park is you know who to challenge for any damage to your car whereby at an airport it could be anybody.

Baby Walker Safety and Alternatives

So your baby is becoming more mobile and you want to help her enjoy the newfound freedom and are considering a baby walker. However, you have heard that they are not safe and wonder what the fuss is and if it’s really that big of a deal and if it is are there any alternatives? As a parent of children any age it is always best to be informed and make an educated decision based on that knowledge. So what is the big deal with baby walkers anyway?

Simply put most parents do not understand the potential issues until it is too late. Take into consideration some of the more common issues surrounding them. First, more injuries happen to babies in walkers than with any other child toy period and these injuries can be life threatening. Canada banned baby walkers because injuries were starting to mount; this ban included the sell through all outlets, including flea markets and garage sales, and the import from any country including the United States.

There are many injuries suffered, but the two most common are falling and burns. Many parents feel that those injuries happen to careless parents that just don’t monitor their children closely. However, that is not the case. Children become mobile quickly and can enter and exit a room with just a small distraction on your part. A cup of coffee pulled down by a baby can scald and cause scaring and falling over and hitting their face on a brick fireplace can cause damage too. In Canada they have noticed a significant decline in dental work from young children in the baby walker age range since the ban went into law.

So what do you do? Are there options out there for you to consider? A great replacement is a stationary activity center, it provides your child an area to play, learn, be active and stay safe. What it doesn’t give you is the mobility, which most medical professionals actually believe hinder the progress and development of your child and may actually slow walking.

Either way, with a baby walker or stationary activity center it’s important to know that they should not be used as a babysitter. Have your child spend no more than 20 minutes in one at any time. The safety and security of your child is more important than the enjoyment they receive from a baby walker.

Car Alarms Offer Safety And Security

Look at any typical police blotter and generally the most frequent crime listed will be related to automobiles. Whether it’s grand theft auto or simple burglary of items within the car or even carjacking, autos and crime seem to go together is just about every locale in the world. This is where a good car alarm can come in handy. While an alarm won’t guarantee theft won’t happen, it can lessen the chances. Anything to deter is a good idea.

Shopping for car alarms can be a little tough though. There are a number of different devices on the market that offer one form of protection or another. The prices vary greatly. The high-end devices can even track a stolen car to its current location and lower end options simply lock steering wheels. Some may be more effective than others in scaring off the professional thieves, but any type of alarm or lockout device is better than none.

In the car stealing game, law enforcement will say that anything that adds even seconds onto the time it takes a thief to steal a car will help turn them to the next car in the lot. That’s right, just seconds can count. The idea is that if another mark is easier to hit, the thief will move on to it instead. While this isn’t always so, any type of deterrant is really better than none.

As you shop for a car alarm, you’ll find there are a ton of different options available. Here are the two major types of systems:

* Passive alarms: These automatically turn on when the ignition is off and the doors are closed. If the car is opened incorrectly, i.e., without the key or the ignition is forced, an alarm will sound.

* Active alarms: These must be manually turned on by the user. The problem here is the user may forget.

Both types of alarms can come with a number of different features, depending on the alarm purchased. They can include such things as door sensors, motion detectors, air horns and more. The idea behind them is to make enough noise to scare off a would-be thief.

Some alarms and anti-theft devices even come with a tracking mechanism. Although more expensive than simple air horns, these devices can and do prevent a stolen car from making it to a chop shop. Think of it as a personal homing device for a car and you get the idea.

Alarms can be very simplistic or extremely complicated. No matter the type that’s purchased, remember they must be turned on to work. The idea is to deter – to make your car look less attractive to thieves than others in the lot. It sounds harsh, but it’s a dog-eat-dog kind of world out there. Just look at news headlines or police blotters and you’ll see.

Even a simple steering wheel lock is better than nothing, but to truly present a problem for thieves, more complex systems with horns, tracking devices and battery backups should be considered.

Buying a car alarm should be almost as important as buying the car in some locations. Considering the alarm protects a big investment, it only makes sense. Plus, alarms can provide some good discounts on insurance, too.