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10 Tips for Keeping Your Car
from Being Stolen
ave you ever walked out to your car only to
realize that you can’t find it? Maybe you thought to yourself,
“I think I parked it here but I’m not sure.” You might even
have walked around looking for it and after 5 minutes of looking,
you suddenly realized that it was gone. That’s right. Your beloved
car had been stolen. Well, if this has ever happened to you or
someone you know then you are not alone. Thousands of cars are
stolen every year. If this has never happened to you then consider
yourself lucky. In this article, we’ve included some proven ways
to reduce the chances of becoming the next victim of an automobile
Lock your car. Do not leave your car unlocked. Sound
like a no brainer? Well, you’d be surprised how many cars are left
unlocked. Car thieves are always on the lookout for keys left either
in the ignition or under a seat.
They know all the tricks in the book – they probably wrote
the book! Nothing attracts a thief to your car more than seeing the
cars in the ignition.
Hide your ID number. Be careful who sees the ID
numbers printed on ignition keys because a clever thief can simply
call the 800 number printed on the key, tell the company that that
they’ve lost their keys and then have the keys duplicated and sent
to them. They will have the keys sent to their personal address,
giving them easy access to your car.
Purchase Personalized plates. That way if your car is
stolen, it will be easier to locate. Did you know that thieves are
less likely to steal cars with personalized plates? They know they
are too easy to spot.
No Identifying Information. Never leave your name,
address or phone number on your key chain. Someone could find your lost keys, locate your house, find
your car, and drive away with it.
Not to mention that since most people keep a house key on
their key chain, the thief now has entrance to your home as well!
Don’t Park In Unattended Lots.
Cars that are left in unattended parking lots are more likely
to be stolen than those that aren’t. In fact, your best bet would
be to park under a streetlight or in a well-lit area. If you have to
park in a public car garage, be sure it is staffed with a security
guard at all times.
Roll Up Your Windows. Thieves can enter cars that have
cracked windows so make sure that you roll up your windows and lock
them before leaving your car unattended.
Remove valuables. Don’t leave personal items or
valuables in plain sight. Hide any loose dollar bills, change, cell
phones, purse, pagers, etc. This
is especially true during the holiday season.
Hide all your purchases in the trunk of your car.
Never leave them inside the car in full view.
Don’t Leave Your Car Running. OK, this might sound
like common sense but there are many people who leave their cars
running while they run errands, only to return to the space where
they left their car and find it gone!
Security Devices. Make sure that you purchase a security
device. It might consist of a factory-installed alarm, the Club
or some other device. The important thing is to have something.
This is a true deterrent. A thief only has a few seconds
to steal your car. He’s
not going to spend any unnecessary time trying to disarm an
alarm system or remove the Club!
10. Use common sense. Follow your
instincts. Only leave your car in areas that you “feel” good
about. If you have a bad feeling about a location then DO NOT PARK
THERE. Remember that hindsight is 20/20 and prevention is the best
way to keep your car where it needs to be, with you.
Finally, according to the National Insurance
Crime Bureau, who annually issues a list of the nation's most
commonly stolen vehicles, after a ten-year decline in auto theft
rates, newly released statistics indicate auto theft is on the rise
in the United States. Be informed, be prepared – don’t become a
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