5 Tips to Keep Your Vehicle From Becoming a Stolen-Car Statistic

 


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That’s how many cars were stolen every hour in 2016, according to the FBI.


And the trend isn’t showing signs of slowing down.


The fact is, it’s more important than ever to keep your vehicle secure.


Here are 5 tips to prevent you from becoming a statistic.

1. Keep track of your keys

Did you know that thieves can intercept and copy the signals from your key fob – even from outside your home?


With this unique code, they can open your locked car doors and drive right off with your vehicle.


You can purchase a key fob pouch that’s made of a protective material that blocks the wireless signal.

2. Protect your WiFi

Newer vehicles with WiFi hotspots are vulnerable to hackers who can access your electronic controls.


Use the same stringent security protocols for your car’s WiFi that you do for your other sensitive devices.


Always keep your software up-to-date and choose a hard-to-guess password.

3. Use a vehicle tracking system

There’s technology available that allows you to locate your car with your smartphone.


Actually, a vehicle window sticker alerting people to the presence of a tracking system may be enough to deter a bad guy with his eye on your car.

4. Buy an anti-theft device

A would-be-thief will probably think again when he sees that you have a car alarm, a steering wheel lock, or a kill switch.


An added bonus of these devices is that you could receive a discount on your car insurance just for having one.

5. Don’t forget the basics

Don’t get so caught up in high-tech solutions that you forget the obvious.

  • Never leave your car running unattended.

  • Always lock the doors.

  • Roll up your windows.

  • When you’re out, park in well-lit, heavily populated areas.

  • At home, park in the garage, if possible.

Stay alert to keep your car secure

Take all the precautions you can to protect one of the biggest investments you’ll ever make.


Whether your car is old or new, follow as many of these precautions as you can and you’ll increase the likelihood that your car will always be right where you left it.


Visit one of our Serra Auto Park locations and check out our wide range of vehicles with the latest anti-theft technology.


Our friendly, People Pleasin’ sales staff is ready to help you find exactly what you need.


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