According to the Insurance Information Institute, car theft peaks in July and August. During these hot summer months you may be tempted to leave your car running with the air conditioning on, or your windows down for some heat relief when you are not in your vehicle. But take heed…it is estimated that 25% of stolen cars had the keys already in the vehicle. Another alarming statistic: 60% of stolen vehicles were actually unlocked.
Be Smart About Vehicle Theft
By practicing a few simple steps this summer you can avoid being a car theft victim. It is never a good idea to leave an extra set of keys in your car even if you believe it to be located in a safe place or in the protection of a garage. Any valuables left behind in your car, especially in plain view, is often an open invitation for both the theft of your vehicle and its contents. Always be sure to take your personal belongings and all electronics with you when leaving your vehicle parked.
Keep Your Vehicle Protected From Theft
Most statistics show that 50% of stolen vehicles are never recovered – a good reason to put common sense into action and protect your car from theft. Here are some suggestions for keeping your vehicle safe anytime:
- Park in well lit areas.
- Close all windows and sun roof.
- Keep your car registration in your wallet- and take that with you!
- In an urban area, choose an attended parking lot when possible.
While these informative tips can’t guarantee your car will never be stolen or burglarized, they can help to greatly reduce the chances of theft.
Questions about your vehicle insurance coverage? RHH can help you find the best rate to fit your needs. You may even qualify for a discount if your vehicle has anti-theft features such as a car alarm.