More than one million vehicles are stolen every year. In the time it takes to read through this section, nine cars will be stolen. Don't make it easy for the professional thieves or joyriders to take your wheels.
Protect Your Vehicle
- Lock your car and pocket the key when you leave, even if just for a minute. Close the windows all the way and make sure the trunk is locked.
- Control your keys. Never leave an identification tag on your key ring. If your keys are lost or stolen, it could help a thief locate your car and burglarize your home.
- Store all packages and valuable items in your trunk.
- Park in a well-lit busy area. Avoid leaving your vehicle in unattended parking lots for long periods of time.
- When purchasing a car, ask about the anti theft options such as alarms, switches that interrupt the fuel or electronic systems, and locks for tape decks, batteries and gas tank. Many insurance companies offer reduced rates to the owner who installs security devices.
- Keep your car's Vehicle Identification Number ( VIN ) and a complete description in a safe place at home. VIN's of stolen cars are registered with the FBI National Crime Information Center.