Keeping Your Wheels:
How to Protect Against Auto Theft
Vehicle Theft is a BIG Problem
- One car is stolen every 19 seconds in the U.S. That's less time than it takes most people to unlock their car, put on their seat belt and start the engine.
- Approximately one out of every 119 registered motor vehicles was stolen in 1990.
- In fact, if auto theft were a legitimate business in the U.S. it would rank 50th among the Fortune 500 companies (Motor Trend, January 1991)
- More than 2/3 of all auto thefts take place at night, and over half occur in residential areas.
- The thief who drives your car away is 200 times more likely to have a serious accident with it than you are.
What You Can Do To Safeguard Your Auto
- Whether you leave your car for a minute or for several hours, roll up the windows, lock it, and take the key.
- Park in a busy, well lighted area.
- Carry your registration with you. Don't leave any personal identification documents, keys or credit cards anywhere in the vehicle.
- If you park in a commercial lot, leave only the ignition key, and make certain that no identifying information is attached.
- Keep packages or valuables in the trunk. If you leave anything in the car, make certain it is covered and out of sight.
- Purchase stereo components, CBs or cellular phones that can be removed from their brackets and placed in a more secure location upon parking.
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