How To Keep your Vehicle Protected
Car theft in the U.S. costs vehicle owners over $5 Billion annually. While this number alarmed us, there are many little things you can do to make sure that you do not become a victim of this growing problem.
- Stay Alert. Most of the times vehicles are stolen because you, the driver did something wrong. This could include:
- Leaving your keys in the ignition, or in the car in general
- Having a window open
- Door or doors are unlocked
- Left something valuable, visible in the car
- Parking in dark, underpopulated areas
- Don’t leave kids unattended in car with or without the keys. Either way if your car is is stolen, precious cargo is inside.
- Keep Vehicle Safe. You can do this simply by:
- Parking in a garage
- Use a horn alarm.
- Utilize visible devices such as a steering-wheel lock, flashing lights or window etching. These things could deter thieves.
- Immobilizing devices make it so thieves can’t hot-wire your car successfully.
- Vehicle recovery systems help law enforcement locate stolen cars.
If you are too late and your car is gone, here is what you need to know:
- Call the police and file a stolen-vehicle report. You need a case number to give to your insurance company. File a claim within 24 hours.
Car theft happens every 45 seconds. Do not be a part of that statistic and keep your car, and yourself safe.