Cars are probably the single most popular target of crime, because they are relatively easy to steal. In the time it takes you to brush your teeth, a car is stolen in Canada. To put the brakes on vehicle theft, try the following prevention tips. Use these tips to reduce your risk:
- Never leave your car running and unattended.
- Never leave your keys in the car or ignition, even inside a locked garage.
- Always roll up your windows and lock the car, even if it is in front of your home.
- Always park in a high-traffic, well-lit area, if possible.
- Consider anti-theft devices, such as steering wheel locks or fuel cut-off switches.
- If you park in a fee garage, take the pay-ticket with you.
- Have your vehicle identification number (VIN) etched into each piece of glass on the vehicle as a deterrent.
- Investigate the purchase of an auto alarm system if you live in a high-theft area or drive a theft-prone vehicle. Display an alarm decal near the door handle.
- If you use valet parking, leave just the ignition key with the attendant.
- Copy your licence plate and VIN numbers on a card and keep them on you with your driver's licence. If your vehicle is stolen, police will need this information promptly.
Installing a mechanical device that locks to the steering wheel, column or brake pedal to prevent the wheel from being turned more than a few degrees can act as a highly visible physical deterrent if installed properly.
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