The following tips may prove helpful in reducing the chances that your vehicle or property in it may be stolen.
- When temporarily leaving your vehicle, never leave it running or with the keys in the ignition or the key fob inside the car.
- Always lock your car and roll up the windows, even if it is in your driveway. If you have a garage, park your car in it and close and lock the garage door.
- Park in busy, well-lit areas.
- Never leave valuables inside your vehicle where passersby can spot them.
- When using valet parking or taking your car in for repairs, leave only the ignition key with the attendant.
- Have your car’s vehicle identification number etched on all of your windows. Thieves do not want to go to the expense and hassle of replacing all of the glass before selling the car on the black market.
- Turn your wheels sharply toward the curb when parking since this makes it extra difficult for thieves to tow the vehicle. Always use your emergency brake and leave the transmission in park or in gear.
- Look into various antitheft devices for your auto. Ask about auto insurance discounts for antitheft systems.
International Risk Management Institute, Inc.