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Five Ways to Get your Car Stolen

Five sure-fire ways to get your car stolen

Most people would say their car is one of the most valuable assets they own — if not the most valuable. Despite that, however, some people make it downright easy for thieves to drive off in their pride and joy.

At Alpha & Omega, we don’t want you walking out your door to an empty driveway or leaving only to find some broken glass left behind in your parking space. According to the National Insurance Crime Bureau report on auto theft, Phoenix ranks 70th out of 380 metro areas. So take care to avoid these five mistakes.

1. Leave your car running … and unattended.

We know it can be chilly in the mornings, and who wants to wait in a cold car while it warms up? Well, a thief certainly won’t mind the chill — as he’s driving away in your car while you’re finishing that cup of coffee in your kitchen. If your car is running, you should be in it. Period. Even if you’re just running over to the ATM to get some cash or dropping off some mail.

2. Keep a spare set of keys inside the car.

Law enforcement agencies say this is a great way to turn a car prowler into a car thief. They’re already breaking into your car to get a phone, or a laptop, etc. What do you think they’re going to do when they find a set of keys? They’re not going to drop them off on your porch with a nice note, that’s for sure.

3. Put valuables in plain sight.

Seems simple, but we’ve all made this mistake. You’ll just be in the store for a second, after all, so who cares if you leave your smartphone on the front seat? Or items from your other errands in the back seat? Be smart — if you have to leave items in your car, put them in the trunk, or at least hide them as best you can. And do it before you get to your next destination.

4. Leave your car unsecured.

The best thieves can work wonders with a window that’s left open even just a crack. And even the worst thieves can steal a car that’s been left unlocked, with no alarm set.

5. Assume nobody would want to steal your car.

Think your car is too old or too undesirable for a thief to bother? Scrap metal is worth money, so never assume that your car is safe — even if you think it’s just a “junker.” As you can see from this list of the 10 most-stolen vehicles in Arizona, older cars are most popular with thieves.

10 most-stolen vehicles in Arizona (National Crime Information Center, 2011)

No. 1 – 1994 Honda Accord
No. 2 – 2005 Chevy pickup (full size)
No. 3 – 1995 Honda Civic
No. 4 – 2004 Ford pickup (full size)
No. 5 – 2005 Dodge pickup (full size)
No. 6 – 1994 Nissan Sentra
No. 7 (tie) – 1997 Nissan Altima
No. 7 (tie) – 1991 Toyota Camry
No. 8 – 1996 Nissan Maxima
No. 9 – 2000 Chevy pickup (small size)

Keeping thieves away helps to keep everyone’s insurance costs down, so avoiding these mistakes not only will save you hassle, it will save you money as well. So stay safe, not only on the roads, but in the parking lots as well!

Content provided by Safeco Insurance


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