Park in well-lighted,
visible and well-traveled areas. Be aware of your surroundings.
Lock your car and don't leave the key in it.
Use one or more anti-theft security devices, such as a steering wheel
lock, shutoff switch, window etching or electronic tracking system.
Don't leave valuables or packages in plain sight, even if the vehicle
If you do travel with valuables or packages, keep them out of sight.
Use the trunk space as often as possible.
Keep the doors locked and windows up at least most of the way when driving
to discourage carjacking.
Never leave the key code in the car or on the key ring.
Be aware that certain models are more frequent targets of theft. Many
insurance agents can provide current information.
Keep registration documents with you when operating the vehicle, but
DO NOT keep title or other ownership documents in the car. It may be
best to keep such documents in a safe deposit box.
Be aware of personal points of identification to distinguish your vehicle
if it's stolen. Examples include scratches, stains, decals, etc. Also,
permanently etch or mark accessories with your driver's license number,
and drop a business card down the window slot to serve as identification
in the event the VIN is removed.
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