2007-10-18 / News

How to keep your car safe from thieves

Car thieves can strike at any time- when your car is parked in the lot at work, at the supermarket, in your driveway or while you are on vacation.

The experts at H.E.A.T. (Help Eliminate Auto Thefts), a Michigan-based auto protection program, are offering these tips on keeping your car and your belongings inside it safe:

• Closed Not Cracked: Close windows tightly, don't even leave them "cracked" and always lock your car when your vehicle is unattended.

• Out of Sight: Keep all personal belongings, including iPods, cell phones and other valuables out of sight.

• Double Duty: Add a second layer of protection to your vehicle by using a steering wheel locking device, a steering column protector or an alarm with a visible flasher.

• VIN: Consider etching your VIN (Vehicle Identification Number) onto the glass surfaces of your vehicle. VIN etching makes vehicles less attractive to thieves because all windows must be replaced before the car is tagged with a fake VIN for resale.

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