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How To Protect Your Car From Being Stolen

from Robert Bell Insurance Brokers

by Michael Bell on Mar 17, 2014

How important it is to have the correct auto insurance?  Well, read the following statistics. A vehicle is stolen every 55 seconds in the United States. According to the National Highway Safety Administration, over 80% of all comprehensive claims involve auto theft.  Only about 60% of stolen vehicles are recovered. 40-50% of vehicle theft is due to driver error. The top two months for vehicle thefts are July and August. Half of the insurance companies who offer auto insurance offer discounts for alarms or anti-theft devices.

Insuring your auto with the right coverage is important. We understand that it is important to find the right combination of coverage, price and service. 

How to reduce the chances of an auto theft:

  • Take your keys with you.  Don't leave them in or on your vehicle.
  • Close and lock all windows and doors when you park.
  • Don't assume no one would want to steal your car.
  • Park in well lit areas or in a garage, if possible.
  • Never leave valuables in your vehicle, and especially in sight.
  • Consider investing in extra security.

The best way to prevent the theft of belongings from your auto is to always keep valuables in your trunk or with you  Never leave cell phones, briefcases, suitcases, or small electronic devices (smart phones, tablets, GPS, etc.) in your car in plain view. During the holiday season especially, or any time you’re shopping, place packages in the trunk, not on the passenger seats or floors. Always keep windows all the way up. And never leave your pet or child in a vehicle unattended.


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