Auto Theft Prevention

Keep Your Car — Yours

Whether you’re at school, out running errands or parked at home, there are some tried-and-true ways to keep your car safe — like always locking your doors. Here are a few more ideas from Meemic that can help keep your car and possessions out of the hands of thieves.

Also, learn 5 auto theft myths.

Vehicle Theft Prevention Tips

  • Take extra precautions during spring and summer months when vehicle thefts and break-ins are most common.
  • Park in an enclosed garage or well-lit area whenever possible to prevent vehicle theft or a break-in.
  • When parking on the street, turn your steering wheel toward the curb until it locks to make it more difficult for a thief to tow.
  • Avoid storing personal items in your vehicle — especially pricey items like laptops, tablets, smartphones, DVD players or GPS devices. If you need to store an item in your vehicle, keep it locked in the trunk.
  • Never leave your purse or wallet unattended in your vehicle.
  • Think about equipping your car with various anti-theft devices, such as alarms and anti-hot-wiring devices. The more visible they are, they more they'll deter thieves.
  • When you buy car stereo equipment, choose items that can be removed and locked in the trunk.
  • Keep a photocopy of your vehicle’s registration and proof of insurance in a secure place at home. Also, keep a list of any items in your vehicle or additional equipment because you’ll need this information if your vehicle is broken into or stolen.
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