As a followup to yesterday’s article about the types of cars that are most frequently stolen in the United States, I though I’d share some tips from the National Insurance Crime Bureau for protecting yourself against auto theft. There’s nothing particularly earth-shattering here, but they’re still worth keeping in mind.
- Common Sense. The cheapest form of defense is to simply lock your car and take your keys with you.
- Warning Devices. Having (and using) a visible or audible alarm is another way to make sure will still be there when you come back.
- Immobilizing Devices. â€œKillâ€ switches, fuel cut-offs, and smart keys can all be quite effective. If your car wonâ€™t start, it’s unlikely to get stolen.
- Tracking Devices. If your car gets stolen, a tracking system can help local law enforcement officials quickly find and recover it.
On top of these tips, I’d also add that you don’t want to leave anything of value laying out in plain sight. While having your car stolen would suck, being the victim of a “smash and grab” isn’t much better.
In the end, if someone really wants to steal (or break into) your car, they probably will. That being said, it doesn’t hurt to make your car a less attractive target than the one parked next to it.
In the end, this is a bit like putting up an alarm monitoring sign in your front yard even if you don’t have an alarm system. No, the sign (or even an alarm system) won’t stop someone that is determined to get into your house. It might, however, make the casual thief move on down the street.