Even if you don’t realize it, if you regularly drive your car, you probably lock it each time you park it somewhere without hesitation. Although this mindless act does help to deter thieves, hundreds of thousands of vehicles are still stolen each year. What’s even more shocking, is the fact that over 1.5 million vehicles have items stolen from them.
In honor of National Safety Month, Â Tracy-Driscoll would like to provide you with some safety tips to help you protect yourself from vehicle theft.
Some Statistics to be Wary of
Did you know that every 44 seconds, a motor vehicle in the United States is stolen? What’s also concerning, is that $5, 972 dollars is the average amount lost when a vehicle is stolen. With July and August being the most common months for vehicle thefts, it’s important to know how to protect your car.
How to Keep Your Car and Possessions Safe
Aside from just locking your car doors and windows, here are a few simple tips to help keep your vehicle, and the items inside it safe:
- Never leave valuables, like electronics in plain sight in your car. If your vehicle has a large cargo area that people can see into, consider getting a cover.
- Park in busy, well-lit areas
- Never leave your vehicle running and unattended, even if it’s only for a few minutes
- Make sure your that your car alarm works, and install one if your car doesn’t have one
- Don’t hide a spare set of keys inside your vehicle
As always, we are here to answer any questions or concerns that you might have with your auto insurance policy. Call us today at 860-589-3434, to speak with a professional!