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Theft Auto: Protect your car investment
5 Things Car thieves don’t like: Daytime, Kill Switches, Alarms, Nosy Neighbors and Security Cameras
Thieves have to be quick and inconspicuous when stealing a car. That's why car thieves will avoid anything that may call attention to themselves.
So stealing cars at a certain time of the day makes it a successful steal. So they preferred to come between 2 a.m. and 5 a.m., because most people are asleep and it’s nice and quiet and less distractions, less people walking around at the early morning.
Car owners are becoming more aware of car thief and taking precautions and buying protection against car thieves’ things such a kill switches in your car can deter thieves. Kill switches disrupt the flow of electricity at the battery or ignition that disable the fuel pump. Kill switches may take a while to deactivate the car therefore thieves don't want to waste time and will move on to another car.
Another thing is good alarms with motion sensors keeps them from stealing your car, thieves don’t want neighbors seeing them, and security cameras also deter car thieves, who will simply go to other areas where they can avoid trouble.
Estimated over 1 million vehicles stolen in the US alone
In the United States Over 1 million vehicles is stolen, costing the victim time and money, but it also drives up our insurance premiums costing us more money, when your auto is stolen it is used for other crimes. and can occur where there cars that are parked for hours at a time or days at a time, even in places like shopping centers while your shopping, movie theatre sporting events, or colleges on any random day of the week. But the good news to you is that you can guard your car against theft. General Motors has over 30 car models equipped with OnStar a device that provides turn-by-turn navigation, stolen vehicle tracking and remote ignition blocking, a high-tech auto security tracking system via GPS.Here is a few tips that you should do, when you are a victim of auto theft.
Protect your car investment
Second Greatest Investment
The second greatest investment is your car and the first is your home and we take pride and joy in having one. We love our cars, and it's convenience allows us to travel back and forth to work, and to enjoy when traveling, so were taking great care of it so that someone don't come and steal what we work so hard for. But you have to guard it from the dangers of people who want to steal your car, millions of men and women every year have to deal with auto theft, the fact of the matter they just don’t care, and no one’s car, truck or motorcycle is theft-proof. And don’t think that your vehicle can’t be stolen, a professional thief will steal your car at any time any place. Taking precautionary measures will minimize the chances of being a victim of auto theft, so guard yourself against the danger of auto theft or any other theft.
Realizing your car has been stolen
Call the police as soon as possible
Contacting the police immediately, and filing a stolen vehicle report, contact your insurance company and report the stolen car,make sure you file a report to the police first or they will not honor your claim.
Reporting a claim on-line or by phone
After you call the police, you can then report the theft online or by phone to your insurance company if you don’t know that you have comprehensive physical damage coverage, still notify about any stolen vehicle to help protect you from the theft and if they cause injuries to your auto or damage to others.
Reporting the theft
Have the following information available
- Certificate of title for the vehicle that was stolen
- The location of keys to the vehicle before the theft
- Contact information for anyone who had access to the vehicle
- Your vehicle description, also include mileage, service records, any receipts.
- A listing of any personal property that may have been in the vehicle
If the car is financed or leased, report the theft to your finance or leasing company, to expedite your claims process. You should receive a vehicle theft questionnaire when you file your claim. Complete and return as soon as possible, or submit it electronically if they give you the option.
Vehicle has been recovered
If your vehicle has been recovered, notify the claims examiner right away to let them know your vehicle has been found, so they can resolve the claim.
Looking for a replacement vehicle
If your car has not been recovered, and you received a claim settled, you will need to buy a new car.
Ways to reduce auto theft
- Remember to take keys out of the car
- Lock your car when you get out
- Close all of the windows in your car