WHAT CAN YOU DO?
Tips on What You Can Do To Reduce the Chances of Your Vehicle Being Stolen and Avoid Becoming a Victim:
1. Take Your Keys. One out of every five vehicles stolen had the keys in it.
2. Lock Your Car. Almost half of all vehicles stolen were left unlocked.
3. Don’t Hide a Second Set of Keys in Your Car. Extra keys can easily be found if a thief takes time to look.
4. Park in Well-Lighted Areas.
5. Park in Attended Lots. Auto thieves do not like witnesses and prefer unattended parking lots.
6. Only give ignition/door key to parking attendant. If your trunk and glove box use the same key as the door, have one of them changed.
7. Don’t leave your car running unattended. Vehicles are commonly stolen at convenience stores, gas stations, ATM’s, etc. Many vehicles are also stolen on cold mornings when the owner leaves the vehicle running to warm up.
8. Completely Close Car Windows When Parking. Don’t make it any easier for the thief to enter your vehicle.
9. Don’t Leave Valuables in Plain View. Don’t make your car a more desirable target and attract thieves by leaving valuables in plain sight.
10. Park With Your Wheels Turned Towards the Curb. Make your car tough to tow away. Wheels should also be turned to the side in driveways and parking lots.
A Layered Approach to Protection: To protect their investment, vehicle owners are urged to follow NCIB’s “Layered Approach” to auto theft prevention by employing simple, low-cost suggestions to make their vehicles less attractive to thieves. NICB’s four layers of protection are:
Common Sense: The cheapest form of defense is to simply employ the anti-theft devices that are standard on all vehicles: locks. Lock your car and take your keys.
Warning Device: Having and using a visible or audible warning device is another item that can ensure that your car remains where you left it.
Immobility Device: “Kill” switches, fuel cut-offs, and smart keys are among the devices which are among the devices which are high and low tech, but extremely effective. Generally speaking, if your car won’t start, it won’t get stolen.
Tracking Device: If your vehicle is stolen, these systems help law enforcement track and recover it quickly. Some systems will even inform you if your vehicle has been moved without your knowledge.
You can do your part in helping to stop this criminal activity by reporting fraud and vehicle theft to NICB at 1-800-TEL-NICB (1-800-835-6422). Your call will be anonymous and you could be eligible for a reward. Or you may report fraud or theft by visiting the the NICB website at www.nicb.org.