Auto theft is a big problem. More than 700,000 vehicles are stolen every year, resulting in $4.5 billion in annual losses. Forty-four percent of all stolen vehicles are never recovered, and those that are often require expensive repairs.
Though auto theft can occur any time, the summer months are the most popular time of year for car thieves. To keep yourself and your car from being victimized, here are five things you can do to make auto theft less likely.
- Park in a highly visible location. You want to leave your vehicle in a well-lit, public location. The more people (or cameras) around, the better. Auto thieves don’t want to be seen, for obvious reasons.
- Avoid leaving your car visibly parked for a long period of time. For example, if you’re going on a road trip with friends and taking someone else’s car, lock your own vehicle in the garage and have them pick you up. Or, if you’re going out for drinks and will need to take a cab home, take a cab to the bar so you don’t end up leaving your car there overnight.
- Don’t make it easy for auto thieves. When parking, lock your car, close the windows and take the keys with you. Park so that the drive wheels aren’t easily accessible by a tow truck. And if you have to leave your car for several days, disconnect the battery.
- Don’t tempt thieves with valuables inside the car. You can hide them, but it’s better just to take them with you or leave them at home. If your car’s stolen, you don’t want to lose your laptop and purse as well.
- Have a tracking device installed. Aftermarket devices are available, but many newer or higher-end vehicles have integrated high-tech features that can even shut down a stolen car remotely.
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