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
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.