Car Theft Prevention Tips
Cars are stolen all the time and at any time. It's important to make sure yours is less susceptible to theft. Use our car theft prevention tips below.
Always use common sense. Don't leave the car running unattended with the keys in the ignition. Don't hide a spare set of ignition keys in the glove box, or within close proximity to the vehicle. Don't leave personal identification documents like titles or credit cards in your vehicle and don't keep valuables in plain sight in your vehicle.
When leaving your vehicle, always roll up all your windows and lock the doors, even if you are just leaving it for a few minutes. Also, try to avoid leaving your vehicle unattended for an extended period of time, but if you have to, make sure you park in an attended, well-lit lot.
If you have to keep your vehicle parked outside, start by parking it in your driveway. If your vehicle is front wheel drive, park front end first, and if your vehicle is rear-wheel drive, back into your driveway. This makes it harder to thieves to tow your vehicle. If you have to park in the street, park in a well-lit, highly trafficked area, but make sure you're following the posted rules. Turning your wheels towards the curb, using your emergency brake, and parking in between other vehicles can also make it harder for your vehicle to be towed away.
Insure Your Investment
In addition to being confident that you are doing what you can to protect your vehicle; it's important that you have the right insurance. Not all automobiles are the same and neither are all automobile policies. You need an insurance policy that offers the coverages that are important to you.
If Your Vehicle Is Stolen
Unfortunately vehicles are stolen all the time in this country. If you become the victim of auto theft contact the police first. Make sure you know as much of the following information as possible:
Year, make, model, and color of your vehicle
License plate number
Approximate time of the theft
Location where the vehicle was parked
Names of eye witnesses (if there are any)
Next, inform your insurance company that your vehicle was stolen. Have your policy number on hand when you call.
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