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Don't Make It Easy for a Thief To Steal Your Wheels

One vehicle is stolen every 20 seconds in the United States. Stolen cars, vans, trucks, and motorcycles cost victims time and money - and increase everyone's insurance premiums. They're also often used to commit other crimes. 

Don't become a victim of this serious crime. 

The Basic Prevention Policy
Never leave your car running or the keys in the ignition when you are away from it, even for "just a minute."

  • Always roll up the windows and lock your car, even if it's in front of your home. 
  • Never leave valuables in plain view, even if your car is locked.  Put them in the trunk or out of sight.  Buy radios, tape and CD players that can be removed and locked in the trunk.
  • Park in busy, well-lit areas.
  • Carry the registration and insurance card with you.  Don't leave personal documents or credit cards in your vehicle.
  • When you pay to park in a lot or garage, leave just the ignition key with the attendant.  Make sure no personal information is attached.  Do the same when you take your car in for maintenance or repairs.
  • Copy your tag number and vehicle identification number (VIN) on a card and keep them with your driver's license. If your car is stolen, the police will need this information.
  • For extra protection, etch the VIN on the windows, doors, fenders and trunk lid.  This helps to discourage professional theives who have to either remove or replace etched parts before selling the car.
  • Keep the keys to your home and car separate. 
  • Keep your car in good running condition. Make sure there's enough gas to get there and back. 
  • Avoid parking in isolated areas with little foot or auto traffic. Be especially alert in unstaffed lots and enclosed parking garages. 
  • If you think someone is following you, drive to the nearest police or fire station, open service station, or other open business to get help. 
  • Don't pick up hitchhikers. Don't hitchhike yourself. 
  • If you often drive at night, or alone, consider a CB radio or cellular phone to make it easier to summon help in a emergency. 
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