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Technology has helped to changed auto theft in significant ways. Engine immobilizers, audible alarms and vehicle recovery systems have made cars harder to steal ans easier to recover. Today's thefts are often the product of opportunity, with would be thieves looking for unsuspecting drivers who leave their cars unattended.

While motor vehicle rates have declined 42% over the past decade a car is still stolen every 44 seconds in the US. Thefts are often due to driver error including doors that are left unlocked or keys that are left in plain sight.

In order to help protect your vehicle from crime. you need to take some steps to slow down potential thieves. Try to avoid parking in places where a third will have time to bypass the ignition system. And even if your are running a quick errand, always lock and set the alarm on your car. Be sure to bring inviting items, including your keys, phone, GPS, laptop and wallet with you, or stow them out of sight.

Many thieves watch parking lots looking for people who leave valuables in their cars. Stow them out of sight before you park, Always remember to park you car in safe and visible location. Thieves will act even in broad daylight in they can find cover. Look for well lit areas and open, unblocked spaces when you park. Avoid unintentional tips for thieves, which include leaving chargers for phones and gadgets as well holsters for navigational equipment in plain sight.

If you believe your car was stolen:

- Verify that it was actually stolen not parking or moved by someone else with access to your vehicle
- Call the police
- If you vehicle recovery device or vehicle assistance plan or system, contact the company to activate the locator
- Notify you agent or insurance company


    

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