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Motor Vehicle Theft Prevention Tips from Security Specialists

It’s Summertime! And for many of us, that means hitting the road for a well-deserved vacation. While motor vehicles are the primary mode of transportation for most of us, unfortunately, motor vehicle theft is also a growing problem. In 2022, more than one million motor vehicle thefts occurred in the United States—and about half of those thefts were due to driver error. Motor vehicle theft is a multi-billion-dollar crime, costing vehicle owners more than $8 billion in 2022 alone. Passenger cars made up more than 74% of all stolen motor vehicles.

As Summers have proved to be the worst season for motor vehicle theft, here are nine prevention tips from Security Specialists to help drivers keep their vehicles safe during the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s annual Vehicle Theft Prevention Campaign during July.

  1. Never Leave Valuables in Your Car – leaving valuables in plain sight, even in a locked car, makes it more of a target. Keep your valuables home or hidden.
  2. Always Keep Your Car Locked.
  3. Install an Anti-Theft Device – Many modern cars come with a standard anti-theft device, if yours does not, consider purchasing one.
  4. Never Leave Your Car Running – while it may be convenient to run into a store, nothing is more attractive to a thief than a running car with no one in sight. Always turn your vehicle off and lock your car.
  5. Keep Your Windows and Sunroof Closed – a locked vehicle does nothing for theft prevention if thieves have easy access via an open window or sunroof.
  6. Avoid High Crime Areas – always plan a commute or trip away from high-crime areas.
  7. Always Use Extreme Caution at Night – Car thieves tend to operate at night. Make it a priority to park in high-traffic and well-lit areas when you are traveling at night.
  8. Leave the Parking Brake On – this simple step can prevent thieves from easily towing your vehicle and having a quick getaway.
  9. Be Aware of Your Surroundings When Parking – use common-sense when leaving a parking lot or gas station. Keep your eyes open and if something seems strange, move your car somewhere else or call the police or security.

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