4 Tips for Avoiding Car Theft

by Courtney Conley
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While many Americans are practicing social distancing, we have fewer reasons to drive than usual. Cars have been sitting empty for days on end. Unfortunately, many cities have reported an increase in car theft since March. To help combat this, we’ve put together a list of four tips for avoiding car theft.

1. Know if the make/model of your vehicle is more likely to be stolen.

Some vehicles are stolen more often than others. Forbes published a list of the most commonly stolen vehicles of 2018. The top five were: 2002 Honda Civic, 1997 Honda Accord, 2006 Ford F-Series Pickup, Chevrolet Silverado Pickup, and 2017 Toyota Camry. Your vehicle may still be at risk even if it’s not one from the list, but if you do happen to drive one of these vehicles, be extra careful.

2. Lock your car doors.

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This one seems obvious, but there are many people who leave their vehicle unlocked all night. If you park in your driveway or on the street, it’s crucial that you lock your doors. Even if you live in the "safest" neighborhood in the world, you should always be in the habit of locking your car doors. Often, people are looking for unlocked cars and won’t bother trying to break into a locked one.

3. Remove any valuables from your vehicle when you park it.

Again, while this seems like an obvious tip, it’s still super common for people to leave their wallet or purse in plain sight in their car, whether on accident or on purpose. When you exit your vehicle, look through the windows to do a quick scan. Is there anything sitting out that might be appealing to a thief?

My college roommate left her pencil bag sitting on the passenger seat one night, and someone threw a brick through her window to steal it! We could tell the thief was disappointed by the way they tossed the contents of the pencil bag in the street. Make sure your vehicle is clear of anything that could be desirable to a thief, even if you know it doesn’t have anything of value.

4. Check your car even if you’re not driving it.

One of the reasons it’s easier to steal cars during social distancing is because people don’t notice it’s missing! If you are only using your vehicle once a week, you may not notice it’s been broken into. If you park your vehicle in a parking garage or somewhere else you won’t see it every day, you may not notice it’s been stolen. It’s a good idea to regularly check on your vehicle to make sure it’s where it’s supposed to be.

We hope you find these tips helpful! For more safe driving tips and tricks, take one of our online defensive driving courses! Visit our website today to see if we offer a course in your state!

While many Americans are practicing social distancing, we have fewer reasons to drive than usual. Cars have been sitting empty for days on end. Unfortunately, many cities have reported an increase in car theft since March. To help combat this, we’ve put together a list of four tips for avoiding car theft.

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