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
- 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.