Don’t give thieves a gift. Stop auto theft before it happens to you.
Having your car stolen can have a major impact on your life. Click here to understand the consequences of auto theft.
You can prevent auto theft.
- Never warm up your car unattended!
The exhaust that puffs out of your tailpipe is a sign thieves look for during the winter, making you an easy target.
- Lock your doors!
It’s the number one thing that will prevent auto theft. If the doors are locked, it’s harder for a thief to break in and steal your car.
- Think twice about where you park your car.
Park in well-lit areas at night. Park near the entrance to a mall, building, office or wherever you are.
- Invest in an anti-theft device.
Steering wheel locks, steering column collars, theft-deterrent decals and audible alarm systems.
The Not-So Obvious:
- Never leave your wallet in your car.
Don’t even leave it in your glove compartment when you go to the gym. If a thief steals your car, and has your wallet, it’s easier for him to break into your home or even steal your identity.
- Think twice about leaving your garage door opener in your car.
This item, paired with your address, which can be found on many items (mail, registration, etc.), is a dangerous combination. It gives the thief your address and an easy way into your home.
- Take personal items out of view.
Remove anything valuable from plain sight – laptop, phone, keys, handbag, mp3 player. These items make your car an attractive target for auto thieves.
- Don’t leave personal information in your car.
You car’s registration has your address on it. Any mail you might have lying around – utility or credit card bills – has your address and possibly social security number or personal account information. Leaving this information in your car gives a thief your address and leaves you vulnerable to home burglary and identity theft.