Don't make it easy for a thief to steal your wheels. 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.
Don't become a victim of this serious crime.
The Basic Prevention Policy
- Never leave your keys in the car or ignition.
- Always lock your car, even if it's in front of your home.
- 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.
- Keep your car in good running condition. Make sure there's enough gas to get there and back.
- Avoid parking in isolated areas with little foot or auto traffic. Be especially alert in unstaffed lots and enclosed parking garages.
- 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. Don't hitchhike yourself.
- If you often drive at night, or alone, consider a CB radio or cellular phone to make it easier to summon help in an emergency.