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Five Bad Habits That Can Get Your Car Stolen

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

At IHS Insurance Group we don’t want you walking out your door to an empty driveway or walking out of the mall only to find some broken glass left behind in your parking space. So, take care to avoid these five mistakes.

Never Ever . . .

Leave your car running and unattended. 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. 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.

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 hoping to find valuables. 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.  Whatever little convenience you might feel it provides just isn’t worth the risk!

Leave 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 stop.

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.

Assume nobody would want to steal your car. You think your car is too old or too worn out for a thief to bother? Any car that runs is worth money and a car thief is likely more focused on a car they can grab quickly and doesn’t draw too much attention.  So, never assume that your car is theft-proof even if you think it’s just a “junker.”

Keeping thieves away helps to keep your 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!

Five Bad Habits That Can Get Your Car Stolen
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