Here are six tips to prevent auto theft...


No. 6:

Lock vehicle doors. Never leave keys in the car, especially if they are electric key fobs. Also, keep track of where keys are, particularly when there are multiple sets.

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No. 5:

Never leave a car running unattended, even if it's just for a quick errand. And always close windows completely when leaving the car. Opened or even slightly ajar windows are an easy target for theft. (Photo: Shutterstock)

No. 4:

Park in well-lit areas. Avoid poorly lit parking spots or places that are not immediately seen by passers-by, as thieves will be deterred from targets where they could easily be seen. (Photo: Shutterstock)

No. 3:

Install a vehicle immobilizer system that will essentially disable a vehicle if a carjacker attempts to hotwire and drive away with the vehicle. Note this system should only be installed by a mechanic or technician.

Installing a tracker or GPS system will also help locate and recover stolen vehicles.

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No. 2:

Never leave valuables in a car where they can easily be seen. A purse sitting in the passenger seat or high-end sunglasses on the dashboard make your vehicle a prime target for a thief. (Photo: Shutterstock)

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No. 1:

Install an audible alarm system if the car did not come with one, or use a visible anti-theft device. An audible alarm is designed to emit a loud noise, often the car’s horn, if someone attempts to enter the vehicle while the alarm is on. Visible devices, such as a steering wheel lock, window etching or an alarm system’s flashing light, will be a strong deterrent to a carjacker. (Photo: Shutterstock)

A vehicle was reported stolen every 40.9 seconds in the United States in 2017.

That year, 773,139 vehicles were stolen, costing roughly $6 billion nationally, according to the FBI. The average dollar loss per theft was $7,708.

Even with the peace-of-mind that insurance provides, discovering a vehicle has been stolen can be an overwhelming and unsettling experience.

The slideshow above offers advice to help vehicle owners protect themselves from auto theft.

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