The clever infographic below from CarInsurance.org answers a question few of us ever ask: “How do I get my car stolen?” Sarcasm aside, the question encourages car owners and drivers to consider factors that may encourage theft, break-ins and vandalism. Avoiding these pitfalls and practicing smart car theft prevention can help drivers ensure their vehicles and the belongings inside remain safe and secure.
The chart lists the cities with the highest concentrations of automobile thefts, with California and Washington state combining for nine of the top ten positions. In eighth place, Anderson, South Carolina is the only city outside those two states to make the list. Towns near the Canadian and Mexican border have higher-than-average rates of theft, according to the chart.
Of course, moving to another city or state is not a practical way to avoid getting your vehicle stolen. But a few simple, easy steps can certainly decrease your chances of becoming a victim of car theft, regardless of your location. Some are surprisingly common-sense.
- Never walk away from the car and leave it running, even just for a minute or two.
- Park into a well-lit, high-traffic area.
- Hide your valuables. Never leave anything of value – especially a purse or wallet – in plain view.
- Always lock your car.
Remember these car theft prevention tips, and share them with a friend or family member. Have other tips for securing your vehicle? Let us know in the comments below.
Nick Palermo is a freelance automotive writer and NAPA Know How blogger. Since becoming an auto news and reviews contributor at AutoTrader.com in 2011, he has broadened his coverage of the automotive industry to include topics like new car technology, antiques and classics, DIY maintenance and repair, industry news and motorsports. A committed advocate for automotive media professionals, Nick is a member of the Greater Atlanta Automotive Media Association.