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30 Ways to Help Stop Auto Theft
Common Sense is Your Best Defense
- Lock your car.
- Take your keys.
- Never hide a second set of keys in your car.
- Park in well-lit areas.
- Park in attended lots.
- If you park in an attended lot and have to leave your key with an attendant, leave only the ignition and door key.
- Never leave your car running unattended. Vehicles are commonly stolen at ATMs, convenience stores, etc.
- Completely close all car windows when parked.
- Don’t leave valuables in plain view.
- Park your vehicle with wheels turned towards the curb.
- If your vehicle is rear-wheel drive, back into your driveway.
- Always use your emergency brake when parked.
- If you have a garage, use it.
- When parked in a garage, lock the garage door as well as your vehicle.
- Never leave the registration or title in your car.
- Remove the electronic ignition fuse, coil wire, rotor distributor, or otherwise disable your vehicle if you are leaving it unattended for an extended period of time.
- Replace "T-shaped" door locks with straight locks.
- Stolen cars or parts are more easily traced when Vehicle Identification Numbers have been etched on car windows and major parts.
- Engrave expensive accessories with a personal identification number.
- Drop business cards, address labels, or other identification inside vehicle doors.
Investing in Vehicle Protection
- Ignition kill switches prevent the engine from starting.
- Fuel kill switches halt the fuel supply.
- Visible steering wheel locks prevent the steering wheel from being turned.
- Floorboard locks disable the gas or brake pedal to prevent the use of these pedals.
- Gearshift locks disable shifting of the transmission.
- Tire or wheel locks prevent the vehicle from moving.
- Hood locks prevent thieves from gaining access to your security system and battery.
- Armored collars around the steering column deter thieves from breaking into the steering column to get to the ignition wires.
Electronic Security Systems
- Audio alarms emit loud warning sounds when the doors, hood, or trunk are opened.
- Vehicle tracking systems, like the Lo-Jack system install a transmitter in your vehicle, which is activated when you report your car stolen. Police vehicles with the Lo-Jack receiver can track the location of your vehicle for recovery.