Tips for Safeguarding Your Vehicle
As we approach National Vehicle Theft Prevention Month, we thought now would be a great time to remind everyone of a few steps that can help secure vehicles. Colorado, for all its unparalleled beauty, continues to be plagued with one of the nation’s highest rates of car theft. So, here are some easy habits to adopt that’ll help safeguard your vehicle.
Lock Your Doors
Sounds obvious, but a big cause of theft is sometimes as simple as leaving a car unlocked. Many vehicle thefts are crimes of opportunity. When you’re running a quick errand or even leaving your car in the driveway, always remember to lock your doors.
Close the Windows
This is another tip that can seem fairly straightforward, but it’s often overlooked. It’s tempting to leave your windows slightly cracked (especially during the summer months), but potential thieves only need a small opening to access your car. If your car will be left unattended, be sure to completely close the windows.
Don’t Leave Keys in the Vehicle
Most newer model cars are now push-to-smart and simply require your key fob to be inside your car. It’s easy to toss your keys in the cupholder and hit the road, but reports say that’s a mistake that thieves hope you make. Keep your keys—or your fobs—on you.
Park in Well-Lit Areas
Whenever possible, always park your car in a well-lit and secure parking garage. Thieves are far less likely to even attempt to steal a car when it’s easily seen. If your car is visible, so are any potential thieves.
Install an Alarm System
Alarm systems come standard in newer models and act as great deterrents against car theft. If your car doesn’t come with an alarm, you should strongly consider installing one, especially since they are not usually cost prohibitive.
Don’t Leave Valuables Visible
Leaving your valuables unattended and in plain sight can serve as a magnet to thieves. Don’t make your car a more attractive target than it already may be. Keep all your valuables out of sight or take them with you.
Use a Tracking Device
This last tip is important only after the worst has happened: your car’s been stolen. Having a tracking device can help the authorities quickly remove your vehicle.
Doing your best to not be a victim of car theft is significant, but it’s not the only way to protect yourself. Farm Bureau Insurance® has high-quality car insurance that covers you against life’s other unexpected mishaps. Get a free, no-risk quote now.