Statistics show that in 2015, one out of every eight car thefts were the result of keys or a key fob being left in the vehicle. One out of eight! That’s a staggering number, especially when you consider that in 2015 almost 708,000 cars were stolen in the U.S. That means 88,500 vehicles were stolen because the owner left the keys in the car.
Even worse, there are many reports that the thieves checked the address on the vehicle registration, found the garage door opener in the car and burglarized the home too. Talk about having a bad day! Obviously the number one thing you can do to help prevent your car from being stolen is to lock the car and keep the keys with you at all times.
Buying (and using) a steering wheel lock is one of the most effective theft deterrents one can utilize. They are not foolproof as a thief can merely saw through the steering wheel, but that takes time and time is a car thief’s enemy. Most likely they will move on to an easier target.
If you park outside of an enclosed garage, be sure the area is well lit at night. Thieves prefer darkness over being easily seen.
Always remove valuables from inside the car or, at a minimum, ensure they are hidden. It is best to remove valuables because many thieves just take their chances, smash a window and ransack the interior. They will find anything you tried to hide.
Please do all you can to ensure you are not a victim of auto theft!