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:

  1. common sense - removing the keys and locking the doors;
  2. visible and audible devices - steering wheel locks or alarms
  3. immobilizing devices - smart keys or kill switches; and
  4. 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.