Summer is upon us, which means vehicle theft season is in full swing. According to the FBI, July and August are the top two months for vehicle thefts in the country. There are many common-sense ways to help prevent a thief from stealing your vehicle:
- Always close and lock all windows and doors when you park.
- About 40-50 percent of vehicle thefts are due to driver error, which includes leaving doors unlocked, keys in the ignition and windows/sunroofs open.
- Park in well-lit areas. Thieves don’t like witnesses.
- Always keep your vehicle in your garage, if possible. It’s still important to lock your vehicle in the garage!
- Never, ever leave valuables in your vehicle, especially where they can be seen. That includes mundane items such as clothing and food, too.
- Do not leave the area while your vehicle is running, even if you’re just running into the dry cleaner’s for a minute.
Using common sense is the best way to make sure your vehicle isn’t stolen. Be aware that your vehicle can be a target at any time and your vigilance will pay off.