6 Ways to Protect Your Vehicle and Belongings

By October 26, 2016 October 2nd, 2018 Auto Insurance, Seasonal Tips

protect_your_vehicleOctober is National Crime Prevention Month, and we are sharing tips to help protect your vehicle and keep your belongings safe.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), a motor vehicle is stolen every 44 seconds in the U.S. However, between 40 and 50 percent of vehicle theft is the result of driver error.

Here are a few vehicle theft prevention tips to keep in mind:

  • Park in well-lit areas, and if it’s an attended parking lot, leave only the ignition/door key with the attendant.
  • Lock the vehicle, and always take the keys with you. Never hide a second set of keys in your vehicle.
  • Completely close windows when parking, and keep valuables out of plain sight.
  • Park with the wheels turned toward the curb, so that it is difficult to tow the vehicle away.
  • If the vehicle has rear-wheel drive, backing it into your driveway will also make it more difficult to tow.
  • Install an antitheft device or system in the vehicle.
  • Leave business cards, address labels and other identification inside your vehicle. In the event it’s stolen this will help law enforcement.


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