Tips for Preventing Automobile Thefts
According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, one of the best ways to prevent auto theft is by locking your vehicle and rolling up all windows. This agency also recommends parking in well-lit areas when out and about and parking a vehicle in a garage when at home. It’s important not to leave valuables in plain view in your vehicle, and you should also not leave an automobile unattended while it is running.
Auto thieves are often interested in taking the vehicle to a “chop shop” where they will disassemble it and sell its parts individually. If possible, you should mark your engine, transmission, hood, fenders and door panels with your vehicle’s VIN number. You should also keep your keys in an inconspicuous area, as many would-be car thieves have been known to break into a home in order to steal car keys.
Surprisingly, passenger cars are more often stolen than sports cars, SUVs or trucks. More car thefts occur during the months of July and August than any other time of the year.