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UPDATED: Aug 15, 2020

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Here's what you need to know...

  • Protecting a car from thieves is one of the main concerns of car owners
  • There are a few simple steps that can be taken to prevent a car theft
  • There are also special devices that can be bought that can make a car even more secure

A car is one of the most important purchases a person makes in their life. A car is what gets a person to and from work, important life events, and countless weekend adventures.

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What are some simple steps to prevent a car theft?


  • One of the easiest ways to prevent a car theft is to park in a safe place. A garage is the safest place to keep a car. Parking a car in a well-lit parking facility or a facility with an attendant is the best choice in an urban setting.
  • Making sure the car is locked is one of the best ways to ensure that a car does not get stolen. It might seem strange that some people either do not on purpose or simply forget to lock their car, but it happens. Up to 50 percent of all cars that are stolen were unlocked when they were taken.
  • Keeping track of the car’s keys is also a simple and very obvious way to prevent a car theft. Almost thirteen percent of all cars that are stolen had the keys still in them at the time.
  • Try to roll up the car windows completely when the car is parked. It is also important to make sure there are no valuables like computers or purses left in plain view when the car is unattended.
  • If the car already has an anti-theft device such as a car alarm installed the driver should understand how the device works. An alarm is one of the best ways to prevent a car from being stolen.

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What are some extra security measures I can take to protect my car?

For some people, key locks and a basic security system are not enough to protect their car. Fortunately, there are many additional security products on the market today.

  • A steering wheel lock is one of the most popular anti-theft devices on the market today. A steering wheel lock attaches to the steering wheel and prevents it from being turned.
  • Some people are not happy with the car alarm that comes with their car and choose to upgrade to a more advanced alarm. As a way to make sure the alarm cannot be tampered with, a hood lock is also a good investment. A hood lock is one of the least expensive ways to protect a car.
  • Since most thieves steal cars to sell the parts, making the parts harder to sell is a good way to deter them. The best way to do this is by etching the car’s VIN number on the important parts of the car, like the battery, trunk door, and under the hood.
  • Probably the most expensive but effective way to protect a car from thieves would be to invest in a vehicle tracking system. The best known and respected vehicle tracking systems are OnStar and LoJack.

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