Ways to Prevent Auto Theft

The FBI reports that a motor vehicle is stolen every 40 seconds in the United States. Using an average valuation of $6,500, that makes car theft a whopping $5.2 billion business. These figures don’t include the costs to investigate the auto thefts, rising car insurance premiums, and the victims’ loss of time and money. There are some things to consider to avoid being an auto theft victim.

2010 list of “Hot Wheels” (most frequently stolen cars):

  • 1991 Toyota Camry
  • 1994 Honda Accord
  • 1994 Acura Integra
  • 1995 Honda Civic
  • 1997 Ford F150 Series Pickup
  • 1999 Chevy Pickup
  • 1999 Ford Taurus
  • 2000 Dodge Caravan
  • 2002 Ford Explorer
  • 2004 Dodge Ram

This list includes all auto theft data, without regard to insurance status. Most of the cars on this list were stolen for parts and because they lack transponder key systems. Transponder key systems are an important deterrent for amateur car thieves.

Where you live definitely impacts the probability that your car will be stolen. It is not a surprise that urban and high crime areas have the highest auto theft rates. Unfortunately 8 of the top 10 metro areas with the highest auto theft rates in 2010 were in California.

Strive to make your car less attractive to car thieves by always locking your car and taking your key with you. It is also a good idea to consider a keyless entry system. A surprising number of late model car thefts happen while the car is running or with the key left in the ignition. The majority of the cars on the “hot wheels” list are from the 90’s because most new cars have an audible or visible warning device that deters thieves. Lock your car every time you park to activate the security system.

If the thief manages to break into your car it is helpful to have security devices that immobilize your car. If the car doesn’t start the person attempting to steal it will not be able to drive it away. Another easy to add and extremely useful thing to have is a car tracking device. The devices include a GPS transmitter that allows authorities to track the location of the car by computer. Some companies even give you the option of shutting your car down remotely that way the thief doesn’t make it very far. Keep in mind that common sense sometimes also plays a role. Make sure that you always park in well-lit areas, hide your valuables or lock them in the trunk, use your garage, and be aware of your surroundings.

If you find yourself in need of a Los Angeles locksmith, you can always count on Good Lock. Our LA locksmiths services not only specialize in vehicles, we also provide house locksmiths and commercial locksmith services such as key replacement. Contact us at (310) 930-8018 to install locks, duplicate a transponder key or OEM key, install a car keyless entry system, or complete another expert locksmith service in Los Angeles, CA.