Preventing Auto Thefts

What you can do:

No amount of prevention can guarantee that your car will not be stolen, but by taking a few simple precautions you can greatly reduce your chances of becoming another auto theft victim.

  • Close your windows, lock your doors, conceal your valuables and take your keys.
  • Use a steering column locking device.
  • Engrave your vehicle ID number on your windshield.
  • Use an alarm that shuts off your electrical or fuel systems when activated.
  • Park your car in well lighted, well traveled areas.
  • Put all packages out of sight.
  • Install a hidden ignition "kill" switch.
  • Park your car in your garage at home.
  • Do not store spare keys in or around your vehicle.

Remember:

If you leave your car unlocked, leave your keys in the car, or leave your valuables in sight, your chances of becoming a victim is:1 in 30

If you lock your car, take your keys, and conceal your valuables your chances of becoming a victim is:
1 in 1000

If you lock your car, take your keys, conceal your valuables, and use a visible anti-theft device the chances of becoming a victim is:1 in 30,000

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