Here are six tips to prevent auto theft...
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.
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)
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)
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.
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)
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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