You're not stealing my car
(NC) Walking out of your home, or coming out of a store to see that your car is nowhere to be found is a situation that no car owner wants to experience. Car theft, however, can happen to anyone, so be cautious at all times. There are also many common sense things that you can do to prevent it.
One proactive measure is to check if certain vehicles are on the most stolen list before you buy or lease it. Operating a vehicle that is difficult to steal is a theft deterrent in itself. The Insurance Bureau of Canada provides a list of the 10 most and least stolen vehicles.
“Also, never leave any valuables in plain sight,” says Achiel Goossens, Senior Manager of Auto Claims with Aviva Canada. “Put everything away and store items in your in trunk. This will reduce your chances of being a target for theft.”
Where you park also has an impact on safety and security. Take a look at these ways to protect your vehicle simply by parking in the right spot:
• Park in well-lit areas;
• Use 'attended' parking lots;
• Park your car in the garage when at home
• If possible, park in attended lots
Here are some additional tips for preventing theft:
• Install a security system in your vehicle if it doesn't already have one;
• Remove all your valuables – leaving things like your phone, money, and other items will attract thieves;
• While it should go without saying, always lock your car and close all windows before getting out.
More detailed information about safety, security and sufficient vehicle coverage is available from your insurance broker.
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