Don’t let auto theft happen to you!

Did You Know?

In the time, it takes you to brush your teeth, a car is stolen in the United States. To put the brakes on vehicle theft, try the following prevention tips.

PREVENTING AUTO THEFT

Use these tips to reduce your risk:

•             Never leave your car running and unattended.

•             Never leave your keys in the car or ignition, even inside a locked garage.

•             Always roll up your windows and lock the car, even if it is in front of your home.

•             Always park in a high-traffic, well-lit area, if possible.

•             Consider anti-theft devices such as steering wheel locks or fuel cut-off switches.

•             If you park in a fee garage, take the pay-ticket with you.

•             Have your vehicle identification number (VIN) etched into each piece of glass on the vehicle as a deterrent.

•             Investigate the purchase of an auto alarm system if you live in a high-theft area or drive a theft-prone vehicle. Display an alarm decal near the door handle.

•             If you use valet parking, leave just the ignition key with the attendant.

•             Copy your license plate and VIN numbers on a card and keep them on you with your driver’s license. If your vehicle is stolen, police will need this information promptly

Safety First

Per the Insurance Information Institute, about one-third of a typical comprehensive auto insurance premium goes to pay for auto theft claims. Installing a mechanical device that locks to the steering wheel, column or brake pedal to prevent the wheel from being turned more than a few degrees can act as a highly visible physical deterrent if installed properly.