Auto Theft Safety Tips
Fewer Americans were victims of car thefts last year. The FBI's annual Uniform Crime Report shows a 7.2 percentage decrease in auto thefts compared to 2010. Improved anti-theft devices and safety tips can help continue this downward trend. Unfortunately, potential thieves will not give up on their efforts to steal your car.
Everyday things you can do to protect against theft:
- You might think most stolen vehicles are expensive sports cars or multipurpose passenger vehicles, but that's not always the case.
- It also doesn't matter whether you live in a big city, the suburbs or in the country; anyone is susceptible to vehicle theft.
- In fact, 40 to 50 percent of vehicle theft is due to driver error, which includes leaving vehicle doors unlocked and leaving keys in the ignition or on the seats.
- But there are measures you can take to make sure your vehicle is not an easy target for thieves:
- First, always take your keys; never leave them in or on your vehicle.
- Always close and lock all windows and doors when you park.
- Park in well-lit areas.
- Keep your vehicle in your garage, if possible.
- Never leave valuables in your vehicle, especially where they can be seen.
- Never leave the area while your vehicle is running.