Since July is Vehicle Theft Prevention Month, we figured we’d take some time to talk about how to protect your vehicle. Whether you have a new or used car, your vehicle is a valued possession you rely on to get you from Point A to B. Although auto theft isn’t as common as it once was, it still happens.
Here are five precautions you can take to protect yourself against auto theft
- Keep your doors locked
Since leaving your car doors unlocked is one of the easiest ways for an unwelcome visitor to enter your vehicle, it’s best to keep your car doors locked.
- Get locks for your wheels and steering wheel
While getting all these locks may seem over the top to some, you can never be too careful when it comes to protecting your vehicle. Getting a lock for your wheels and steering wheel is a great way to prevent thieves from stealing your car. Can’t get too far with locked wheels and a locked steering wheel!
- Park in well-lit areas
For you and your car’s safety, it’s best to park in well-lit areas that are easily visible by cameras and passers-by.
- Don’t leave valuables in your car
Leaving a wallet, purse, cell phone, shopping bags or any valuable item in a visible area of your car is risky and can result in a break-in and theft. If you are out and about and can’t take everything in your car with you, the best way to keep them out of sight is by storing them in your trunk.
- Be alert
Be conscious of your surroundings when parking your car, especially if it’s someplace new. Don’t forget to double-check that your windows and doors are closed and locked before leaving your parked vehicle.
If your car is stolen, contact the police immediately. You should also notify your insurance company within 24 hours of your vehicle being stolen.
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