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Protect Your Car From Vehicle Theft

July 28th, 2014 Posted in Lifestyle

shutterstock_152527646Summer is here, which means vehicle theft is in full swing. According to the FBI, July and August are the top two months for vehicle thefts in the country. More than 715,000 vehicles were stolen and about $4.3 billion was lost to motor vehicle theft in 2011. Below are some tips to help reduce the risk of your car being stolen.

  • About 40-50 percent of vehicle theft is due to driver error, which includes leaving the keys in the ignition, keeping doors/windows unlocked and leaving sunroofs open.
  • Never leave your can running and unattended, even if it is just for a few minutes.
  • Try to park in well-lit, public areas.
  • Have you vehicle identification number etched into each piece of glass. This may deter an auto thief because of the time and money involved to replace the glass to remove the car’s identity.
  • If your car does not come with an alarm system, consider installing one. Display an alarm decal near the door handle.
  • If you park in a garage, take the ticket with you. It’s the thief’s ticket out of the garage too.
  • If you take your car for repairs or use valet parking, only leave the ignition key. Make sure no identifying information is attached to the key.

According to the Insurance Information Institute, about one-third of a typical comprehensive auto insurance premium goes to pay for auto theft claims. A car is one of the most expensive pieces of personal property you own so it is worth taking a few additional steps to protect it.

 

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