You never think it will happen to you. You lock your car and you feel protected because you may have a built in alarm system that makes a nasty sound when someone tries to break in. There is something you need to remember……it can happen to you and it has happened to over 700,000 Americans. We don’t want you to be next. Here are some tips to keep you and your vehicle safe.
“Anywhere that you’ll be parked for a long time – churches, sports venues, concerts, etc. – are targets for car thieves,” continued Golling. “That applies to the theft of the car itself and items in the car. Remove everything from your car when you’re at those kinds of places.”
Below are some best practices from Todd Golling to make your car less of a target.
- If you don’t want it stolen, don’t leave it in your car. Simple as that. A visible iPod or GPS is a temptation for “smash and grab.”
- is particularly important when traveling. Remove everything from your car at a hotel. Thieves patrol hotel parking lots and look for things like out of state plates, or suction-cup marks on the windshield to indicate a GPS device might be in the car.
- It sounds simple, but make sure you lock your car. Even if you’re only leaving it unattended for a minute.
- If you go on a shopping trip, keep a blanket in your car to cover the items you buy. Thieves are less likely to take the risk of breaking into your car if they don’t know what they’re getting.
- Don’t keep spare keys to your car or house anywhere in your car.
- Don’t leave anything with your address on it i.e. mail, registration, insurance card.
- Locking gas caps, wheel-locking nuts, and engine immobilizers are a great way to tell the thief “It’s not going to be easy!”
Now that you have these tools you can now keep your vehicle safe at any point of the year. If you car does happen to get stolen remember that your vehicle can be recovered. Roughly 46% of all stolen cars are recovered, but may be damaged or have belongings removed.
Top 5 states for vehicle recovery
Washington – 71%
Utah – 63%
South Dakota – 61%
Nevada – 61%
California – 60%
The lowest five states for vehicle recovery
Michigan – 19%
Pennsylvania – 26%
— Arkansas – 28%
— Alabama – 28%
— Mississippi – 29%
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