One vehicle is stolen every 20 seconds in the United States. Stolen cars, vans, trucks, and motorcycles cost victims time and money - and increase everyone's insurance premiums. They're also often used to commit other crimes.
The Basic Prevention Policy
- Never leave your keys in the car.
- Always lock your car.
- Never leave your car running while you go into a store or business.
- Copy your tag number and vehicle identification number (VIN) on a card and keep them with your driver's license. Keep the registration with you, not in the car.
- Keep the keys to your home and car separate.
- Avoid parking in isolated areas with little foot or auto traffic.
- If you think someone is following you, drive to the nearest police or fire station, open service station, or other open business to get help.
- Don't pick up hitchhikers.
- Do not leave valuables in plain view. Place the items in the trunk out of view.
- If possible replace T-shaped door locks with straight locks.