Do all you can to prevent auto theft. Every thirty seconds, a vehicle is stolen in the United States. That means over 1 million vehicle owners find themselves victims of auto theft every year.
In the event your car is stolen, contact the police with the following information immediately: make, model, year, color, license plate number, VIN, approximate time of theft, location, and witnesses, if any.
You should know this information, or have it available at all times. Then, contact your insurance company regarding the auto theft.
That said, it’s preferable that your car is never stolen in the first place. Fortunately, there are steps you can take to reduce the chances of becoming a victim of grand theft auto.
Some tips to consider to prevent auto theft:
- Install an anti-theft device.
- Never leave the keys in the vehicle, or the vehicle running, while unattended.
- Keep doors locked at all times, and windows up.
- Never store valuables or packages in plain sight.
- Have your VIN etched into windows and other parts of your car, making reselling the vehicle on the black market more difficult.
- When parking on the street, turn your wheels, use your emergency brake, and park between other cars (making it harder for thieves to tow).
- Avoid parking in long-term lots if possible.
- Park in a safe, well-lit or well-traveled area at night.