I recently read an article about a stolen Cadillac Escalade that was “stretched” into a limousine and resold. This got me thinking about car theft and how conventional vehicle theft has been taken to new levels with recent technological developments.
According to the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reports, 1.09 million motor vehicles were reported stolen in 2007. While auto theft has decreased between 2004 and 2007, it still means that every 28.8 seconds, a vehicle is stolen in the United States.
These statistics are especially important to keep in mind because car theft, according to the Insurance Information Institute, peaks in July and August.
One of the biggest misconceptions about auto theft is where they occur. Did you know more than 33% of all vehicle thefts occur near the car owner’s residence and around 20% of thefts occur in parking lots? Do these numbers have you worried?
Well, you should be vigilant in securing your car and luckily there are many preventive measures you can take to keep you car safe.
Here are 10 things you can do to help protect your car from theft:
1. Don’t leave your car unlocked
2. Never leave your car running, especially while it is unattended or unlocked
3. Do not leave a spare key near your vehicle
Many people keep a spare key under the car, just in case they get locked out and thieves know exactly where to check for an extra key. While getting locked out of your car is a pain, think about the potential hassle of your car getting stolen.