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4 Steps for Preventing Car Theft

Is your car model popular among car thieves?


Cars give us freedom.

They enable us to do what matters most, and to pursue our dreams – everything from visiting relatives, traveling to fun destinations or driving to life-changing events like weddings or job interviews.

But that can change when your car is stolen.

And some of us are at greater risk of car theft, according to an August 2014 report from the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB).

For 2013, the most stolen vehicles in the nation were (totals in parentheses):

  1. Honda Accord (53,995)
  2. Honda Civic (45,001)
  3. Chevrolet Pickup (Full Size) (27,809)
  4. Ford Pickup (Full Size) (26,494)
  5. Toyota Camry (14,420)
  6. Dodge Pickup (Full Size) (11,347)
  7. Dodge Caravan (10,911)
  8. Jeep Cherokee/Grand Cherokee (9,272)
  9. Toyota Corolla (9,010)
  10. Nissan Altima (8,892)

The good news is that you can take steps to prevent your car from being stolen, whether it’s on the NICB’s “top 10” list above or not.

Keep it locked: Always lock your car, close the windows and sunroof and take your keys with you.

Don’t leave it running: Never leave your car running while unattended, even for a minute.

Use security devices: Electronic immobilizing devices send signals to the fuel systems or ignition so the car can’t start. When using these devices, thieves are unable to hotwire cars. Steering wheel locks can deter theft, and tracking devices aid in stolen car recovery.

Use common sense: Park your locked car in well-lit areas, attended parking lots or in your locked garage at home. Don’t leave your spare keys in the glove compartment.

Your car is crucial to pursuing your dreams. Make sure it’s properly protected – talk to your American Family agent about auto insurance options that are best for you.

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