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Your vehicle is a major investment--one that you need to protect from thieves. The FBI reports that more than 700,000 motor vehicles were stolen in the US in 2015, up about 3 percent compared to 2014. Keep your auto safe with these simple tips.
Mount security cameras on the exterior of your home, and point them towards the street where your car is parked, or train the cameras on your driveway. You don't have to monitor the video feed yourself, but it's a good idea to have the recording feature activated at all times. Wire the cameras to your central security system. Can I use magic jack with ADT? Absolutely – and some cameras even work wirelessly, too. Some security systems snap pictures or begin recording when motion is detected. You could also subscribe to a security system like ADT to install and monitor security cameras for you.
Many people feel comfortable when at home or in a familiar parking lot (like at work) and don't lock their car doors. Unlocked cars are easy prey for burglars who find an opened door, and then rifle through the car to steal valuables. Experienced thieves may steal the whole car. Make it a habit to lock your car doors as soon as you exit the vehicle.
If thieves can see something, they'll steal it. Never leave anything in plain sight when you leave your auto parked. This includes loose change, sunglasses, cigarettes, cell phones, wallets and household keys. Even if your doors are locked, brave burglars can smash a window to get at valuables.
Never save your home address in your GPS navigation system. If a thief steals your vehicle, it's simple for him to choose "home," drive over to your house, and use the garage door opener to let himself in. It's an easy bet you won't be home because the criminal just took your car from you while you were out.
Car thieves can easily fake a VIN plate that's attached to various places around most cars. But if you have your VIN etched onto your windshield, it makes it a much more expensive and time-consuming chore for a criminal to change the car's VIN. If thieves notice the VIN on the windshield, they may just bypass your car. Some insurance companies give discounts for etched VINs, so check with your carrier. However, don’t go paying obscene fees for dealers to do this for you.
Keeping your vehicle out of the hands of a criminal is easier when you practice car theft prevention. Don't be a part of rising auto theft statistics by thoroughly securing your vehicle at all times.