Twenty percent of all crimes in the United States are auto thefts. A car is stolen every 33 seconds, every day of the year. Most vehicles are stolen because it was easy to do so; 80 percent of vehicles stolen are left unlocked and 42 percent had the keys left inside.
Here are some tips on how to protect your vehicle and valuables:
Don’t leave valuables in your car. Even small items such as loose change can be tempting to a thief.
If you must leave valuables in your car, lock them in the trunk before reaching your destination.
Lock your car doors and close your windows.
Never leave your car running unattended.
Don’t hide keys in your vehicle.
Park your car in a garage or well-lit area.
Consider installing a car alarm or anti-theft device such as a steering wheel bar lock or an engine disabler switch.
If you have an after-market stereo, take it with it with you when you leave the car.