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5 Simple tips to protect against auto theft

Don’t make it easy for the thief -- take action to protect against auto theft

Do you recall the day you got your driver’s license? This moment stands out as a rite of passage for many and is marked by a mix of emotions – excitement, freedom, nervousness, and newfound responsibility.

Part of that responsibility is taking care of a vehicle and keeping it safe while in your possession. Whether you’re a brand new driver or as experienced as they come, there are simple tips to help prevent your car from becoming an easy target for theft.

5 tips to help prevent auto theft

  1. Always lock the doors. Even if it’s just out of sight for a couple minutes.
  2. Never leave your vehicle while the engine is running. It doesn't save you much time, and it's an open invitation for thieves to steal your car.
  3. Take your keys with you. Even a spare key hidden out of sight is a bad idea. The bad guys know all the hiding places.
  4. Roll up your windows all the way. It's amazing what an experienced car thief can do with a sliver of an opening.
  5. Hide valuables. Keep your personal belongings out of sight, preferably in the trunk.

Want to take it a step further?  

When possible:

  • Park in populated areas. You'll be safer getting in and out, and thieves are less likely to disturb cars parked on busy, well-lit streets. Even better, park in a secure garage if available.
  • Activate vehicle anti-theft devices. Smart keys, electronic tracking devices, hood locks, visible steering wheel lock.

While the crime is too common, car theft can be deterred with simple steps and will greatly increase the likelihood that your car will be exactly where you left it.

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