How to Prevent Car Theft ?

 Cars are the main means of transportation for many people and have become indispensable in daily life. But what if your car was stolen? According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), more than 700,000 drivers who own cars are victims of theft each year in the United States and in summer there is a greater number of cases of this crime.

Use common sense when parking and exiting your vehicle to prevent this crime:

  • Take the vehicle key with you; do not leave it on or in your vehicle
  • Close and lock all windows and doors when you park
  • Park in well-lit areas
  • Never leave valuables in your vehicle, especially if you can see them from outside the vehicle.

Remember that thieves are looking for anything that can be sold, such as valuables inside the car and its parts.

Although stereos and wheel rims are the most popular items stolen by thieves, doors, engines, transmissions, air bags, radios, GPS devices, cell phones are also among the thieves' preferences. cell phones, iPads, laptops and handbags that can carry valuables or money.

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There are various anti-theft devices for cars on the market that make them harder to steal or easier to track and salvage. Here are some of these and their function.

  • Audible and Visible Devices: Devices, such as a horn alarm, deter theft by drawing attention to an attempted break-in or entry to the vehicle. Visible devices create a visible threat/warning/deterrence, such as the use of steering wheel locks, as well as anti-theft tags, flashing lights, and window etchings.
  • Immobilizer-type devices: These prevent thieves from being able to bypass the vehicle's ignition system and start it without the key. Some embed computer chips in the ignition keys or disable the flow of electricity or fuel to the engine.
  • Vehicle recovery systems: These devices use electronic transmission technology to help authorities find the location of stolen vehicles.

A car is stolen every 44 seconds in the country (NHTSA).

Where is my car?

If you are a victim of carjacking, take the following steps:

  1. Contact the police immediately to report a stolen vehicle. You will need a copy of the police report or a case number to provide to your insurance company. You may also be asked to provide the following information:
    a.- License plate number;
    b.- Make, model and color of your vehicle and
    c.- Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) and any other identifying characteristic
  2. Contact your insurance company to file a claim within 24 hours of your vehicle being stolen
  3. If you find your vehicle before the authorities do, immediately contact the police and your insurance company
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