One vehicle is stolen every 20 seconds in the United States. Stolen cars, vans, trucks, and motorcycles cost victims time and money – and increase everyone’s insurance premiums. They’re also often used to commit other crimes.

The Basic Prevention Policy

  • Never leave your keys in the car.
  • Always lock your car.
  • Never leave your car running while you go into a store or business.
  • Copy your tag number and vehicle identification number (VIN) on a card and keep them with your driver’s license. Keep the registration with you, not in the car.
  • Keep the keys to your home and car separate.
  • Avoid parking in isolated areas with little foot or auto traffic.
  • If you think someone is following you, drive to the nearest police or fire station, open service station, or other open business to get help.
  • Don’t pick up hitchhikers.
  • Do not leave valuables in plain view. Place the items in the trunk out of view.
  • If possible replace T-shaped door locks with straight locks.