Consumer Facts on Vehicle Theft Prevention

Mar 15, 2014 by

The National Highway Traffic Safety Association (NHTSA) reports that one motor vehicle is stolen every 44 seconds. That figure adds up to more than 70,000 stolen vehicles per year, and only a little more than half are ever recovered. However, about half of vehicle thefts can be traced to the owners’ carelessness. Following a few simple guidelines about staying more alert about what you do with and leave in your car can help lower its risk of being stolen:

When you park, check to be sure the windows are rolled all the way up and lock the doors before you walk away. If it’s dark outside, try to park in an area that is well-lit or in plain view of a security camera. If you have a garage, make room in it for your car – that’s what it’s for!

Always keep your car keys with you. Leaving keys in the car or leaving the car running and then walking away to where you can’t see it invites trouble. Similarly, leaving valuable items such as GPS devices, phones, and purses where people can spot them in your car is unwise. If you need to leave items behind, then lock them in the glove compartment or trunk.

Finally, be sure that your vehicle is equipped with an anti-theft device. Insurance companies take the likelihood of your car being stolen when calculating premiums, and some will give you a discount if such a system is installed.

According to the website of the Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter in Dallas, when an individual steals an automobile, the crime is called “grand theft auto.” This is a very serious crime that can carry real and harsh consequences if the car thief is captured and convicted. Oftentimes, car thieves manage to escape uncaught, meaning if your car is stolen, you may not ever see it again.

Take the necessary steps to prevent this type of crime, and don’t give car thieves a reason to make you a victim. Most insurance won’t cover your vehicle in the event of a theft, so it can be incredibly damaging to lose a car through someone else’s selfish actions.

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