Keeping your car safe from theft is not always a matter of chance- it is often a result of using common sense.
Did you know that 25% of stolen cars had the keys in the vehicle! Another alarming statistic: 60% of stolen vehicles were left unlocked!
The simple act of locking your car AND taking the key with you can go a long way in preventing car theft. It is also recommended that extra keys not be left inside a vehicle at any time. Leaving valuables in your car- especially in plain view- is often an invitation to car thieves looking to burglarize vehicles for their contents. Always take your purse, brief case and all electronics with you when leaving your vehicle parked – many car thefts are crimes of “opportunity”, so don’t create an opportunity by leaving valuables in your car!
Police confirm that 50% of stolen vehicles are never recovered- a good reason to put common sense into action and protect your car from theft. Some additional “common sense” suggestions for keeping your vehicle safe:
- Park in well lit areas.
- Close all windows and sun roof.
- Keep your car registration in your wallet- and take that with you!
- In an urban area, choose an attended parking lot when possible.
While these precautions can’t guarantee your car will never be stolen or burglarized, they can help to greatly reduce the chances of that happening!
Is your car “stuck” in the driveway due to a lack of – or cancelled- auto insurance? Roadway is the area’s leading provider of MAIF insurance– contact a Roadway agent for more information on establishing a policy that will get you back on the road today!