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Did you know that you have a better chance of getting your car stolen than getting into an accident? Every 25 seconds, a car is stolen in the U.S. With the rate of cars stolen every year increasing, learning how to protect your car should be a high priority. In fact, protecting your car with some of the devices listed below and avoiding driving any of the most often stolen vehicles could qualify your for insurance discounts. Ask your potential insurance provider.


The Vehicles Most Often Reported Stolen

1986 Oldsmobile Cutlass
1986 Toyota Pickup
1987 Nissan Sentra
1989 Toyota Camry
1991 GMC V2500
1991 Honda Accord
1992 Mercedes-Benz 600
1994 Chevrolet C/K 1500
1994 Dodge Caravan
1995-99 Acura Integra  
1997 Ford F-150  
2000 Honda Civic
2002 Audi S4
2002 BMW M Roadster
2004 Mercury Marauder



Protect Your Car: The Basics

Always lock your car.
Always remove your keys.
Park in well-lit areas or busy car lots with attendants.
Never leave valuables in plain view.
Always close your windows completely.
Do not hide a spare key on your car.
Do not leave your insurance cards or registration in the glove box.
When you park your car, turn your wheels toward the curb.
Avoid storing valuable items in your garage.
If you will be leaving your vehicle unattended for long periods of time, disable it.



Visual Deterrents

You have a variety of options when it comes to car security products and devices. Car thieves tend to target the vehicles that are easiest and quickest to steal. Any security devices you have installed represent more time and effort for a thief. The more visible your anti-theft device is, the less likely your car will be stolen. The following are common devices you may want to consider:

Car alarms
Stickers and decals
Locking bars
Steering wheel collars
Tire locks
Car immobilizers
Smart keys
Starter, ignition, and fuel disablers
Tracking devices
VIN etching