7 Auto Theft Prevention Tips

More than a million cars are stolen each year in the US. But this crime can be prevented. Thieves can be easily discouraged from stealing your car. How? Follow these tips from the National Insurance Crime Bureau, to prevent theft.

  1. First, a little common sense. Never leave your car running or unlocked. Also remember to close your windows. Failing to do so makes your car a target.
  2. Do not leave spare keys or valuables in your car.
  3. At night, park in a well-lit area. Most car thefts happen at night. Use the emergency brake when you park.
  4. Say you’re leaving town for a while. Ask your mechanic where your ignition fuse is, and then remove it before you leave. This way your car will not start in case someone tries to steal it.
  5. There are a lot of protection devices out there, such as alarms, wheel locks, V.I.N. etching, etc. Use them! For a rundown on these devices, go to heatreward.com.
  6. A lot of car thieves hotwire vehicles to steal them. Use a vehicle immobilizer, such as a smart key, kill switch or ignition disabler. These make hot-wiring impossible.
  7. Don’t drive a high-risk vehicle. Some vehicles are stolen more often than others are.

Most-Stolen Vehicles According to Forbes

Honda Accord
Honda Civic
Chevrolet Silverado
Ford F-150
Toyota Camry

Most Stolen New Vehicles (in 2013)

Nissan Altima
Ford Fusion
Ford F-150
Toyota Corolla
Chevrolet Impala

Has this changed your mind about the car you want to drive? Remember, there’s also the question of your city’s crime rate. If you think you’re at risk, do your best to prevent the theft of your vehicle. When you’re ready to start shopping for cars, get quotes from local dealers here at BuyingAdvice.com. We offer free quotes and online-only deals for any vehicle, delivered straight to your inbox from certified dealers in your area. Click here to fill out our secure form.

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