Simple Tips to Prevent Auto Theft
You’d be amazed how often an automobile is stolen in the United States. On average, a car is stolen every 21 seconds. Recovering from an auto theft could take weeks and a fair chunk of cash. On top of the upfront cost of the theft, you also have to face rising insurance rates and the possibility that your vehicle can be used to commit other crimes as well.
Here are some tips to help you avoid being a victim of auto theft:
- One of the biggest issues that you often hear of is someone stealing a car that was left running. Regardless of how long you’re at a location, never leave your vehicle idling and unattended. You are asking for an auto theft. Additionally, if you leave your vehicle on when it is stolen, the insurance company could get out of paying your claim.
- Never leave your key on the car. This goes along with the previous tip; burglars often check for hide-a-key box hidden inside your car’s bumper or frame. You might as well hand your key over to a stranger walking by on the street.
- Be sure to keep your doors locked and your windows closed. Just because the burglar doesn’t have your key does not mean that they can’t steal the car. It only takes a trained car thief a few moments to hotwire the ignition.
- Never leave valuables in plain view. Anything can attract a burglar to your car. Whether it is a school notebook or a brand new computer, both can lead to a smash and grab or a car theft. If you need to leave something in your car, be sure it is out of sight in the trunk.
- If you’re leaving your car for a long period of time, make sure it is in a high traffic area. A car thief will not be very interested in stealing a car that is in plain view.
- Consider installing a tracking device and security system in your vehicle that can help recover your car if it is stolen. These can be extremely valuable and can also reduce your insurance rate. Additionally, you should have your VIN laser-etched into all of your windows and major car parts to help identify the parts if your car ends up in a chop shop. This can normally be done at your car dealer for a reasonable price.
- Always keep a copy of your registration, insurance card, driver’s license and VIN readily available. You never know when you might need it. Additionally, always be sure that the police are the first call you make when you discover your car is stolen. The quicker they get on the case, the better chance they have of recovering your car.
These are just some of the valuable tips that can help keep your car where it belongs; in your possession. For other helpful security tips and tricks, stay tuned to Security Snapshot from Home Security Deals.