4 Sensible Ways to Help Avoid Car Theft
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Car thieves can strike anywhere, so don't let your vehicle become an easy target.
The National Insurance Crime Bureau recommends a four-layered approach to protecting your vehicle:
- Practice common sense. Park in well-lit, busy areas where thieves don't have privacy to do their work. Always hide your valuables, lock the doors and windows, and take the keys with you when you leave.
- Make it obvious. Install an audible alarm and use visible deterrents, such as a steering wheel collar or brake/wheel locks.
- Take advantage of technology. Use electronic smart keys, kill switches and fuel cutoff systems to help prevent thieves from bypassing the ignition and hot-wiring your car.
- Install a tracking system. Equip your car with a GPS-based system, such as OnStar® or LoJack®, to help police recover your vehicle if it is stolen.