Last updated on July 19, 2019 at 11:25 am
July is the picturesque example of warm weather and clear skies in the Northeast. While heading to the beach or planning road trips, don’t forget that July is National Vehicle Theft Prevention Month!
With the beautiful weather of summer comes the increased possibility of your car being targeted by thieves. After all, July is one of the top months for car theft. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, a motor vehicle is stolen in the United States every 41 seconds, and more than 765,000 auto thefts are reported annually. That’s why we’ve collected some tips and safety measures to help keep you ahead of the curve when it comes to the safety of your car.
Follow the light! Always try to park in a busy, well-lit area. Light is a thief’s worst enemy. Park near streetlights or brightly-lit buildings to deter potential thieves from breaking into your car. If you do not park in a garage while at home, consider this tactic, too, by installing a motion detector light in your driveway to ward off any potential thieves.
Lock it down. Always make sure all windows are rolled up and doors are locked before leaving your car parked.
Don’t get caught idling. Leaving your engine on when you go inside to run a quick errand is something we all might think about doing. However, this is something car thieves look for. In the seemingly short time it takes you to walk in and out of the store, thieves could have stolen items from inside your car (e.g., sunglasses, phones, GPS devices, etc.) or worse, the car itself.
Keep your keys in a safe place. While at home, avoid leaving your keys out in the open where they could be easily spotted by someone outside. For example, don’t leave them on a counter or near windows/doors. Instead, try keeping your keys in out-of-sight places like a kitchen drawer, so thieves can’t spot them from the outside.
Check your plates. Have you ever been victim of license plate theft? It might not be one of the more commonly thought of forms of car theft, but it can end up causing you more problems than you think. Thieves will take your license plates and place them on vehicles they use to commit crimes. Be mindful to check the plates on your car frequently, and if they do get stolen, report the theft immediately to local police.
Track & Recovery Systems. If your car is an older model, consider installing an anti-theft device. Nearly 42% of cars that are stolen are never recovered, so installing track and recovery systems, like Lojack, can help law enforcement locate your stolen vehicle. A budget-friendly way to help deter theft is to place car security system stickers on windows where thieves can see them. The stress of having to silence a car alarm could be enough to make thieves pass on your vehicle.
If you are a Plymouth Rock customer, you could be eligible for a discount if you have an anti-theft device installed in your vehicle. Investing in the technology and time it takes to keep your car safe can save you money in the long run.
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