Preventing Auto Theft
Law enforcement agencies have helped bring auto theft down about 5 percent nationally.
However, the first line of defense against vehicle theft is the owner. National Insurance Crime Bureau, NICB, recommends a layered approach to protecting vehicles.
There are four layers of protection to consider:
- common sense - removing the keys and locking the doors;
- visible and audible devices - steering wheel locks or alarms
- immobilizing devices - smart keys or kill switches; and
- tracking devices.
The number of layers a vehicle needs depends on the vehicle and the geographic location. Budget and personal preference should also determine which anti theft device to choose.