July is National Vehicle Theft Prevention Month, and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has some important tips for how to protect your ride. Car accidents aren’t the only way to lose a vehicle to damage or total loss. Having a car stolen can leave you without a ride and wondering what to do next. According to the NHTSA, in 2015, nearly three-quarters of a million vehicles were stolen across the U.S. Those thefts cost vehicle owners approximately $5 billion annually. Even with insurance, the expenses associated with having a vehicle stolen can be astronomical. During the Month of July, the NHTSA is getting the word out about ways you can help to protect your ride from vehicle theft.
Don’t Leave Anything in Sight
It should go without saying, but don’t leave your wallet or keys in plain view inside of your vehicle. Many of these thefts are crimes of opportunity. Remember to lock your doors and roll your windows up. If you have to leave your wallet or purse, put it in the trunk or hide it in the back seat or on the floor. Try to park in well-lit areas, when possible. Don’t leave your vehicle parked and running unattended. If you have a garage, use it.
Antitheft Systems and Alarms
If you have a newer car, you probably have some type of antitheft device or alarm built in. This can help to call attention to a vehicle that is actively being broken in to. It can also be a pain if you accidentally press the red button on your key fob. If you don’t have this type of system, it’s possible to upgrade with some sort of horn alarm, immobilizing device or a vehicle recovery system. If your car has been stolen or broken into, contact law enforcement immediately to file a report. Make sure to have your license plate number, description of your vehicle and VIN ready. Finally, contact your insurance company to get the ball rolling on your claim.
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