If you have been following PermaPlate’s blog for some time, you probably remember the car theft statistics infographic that we released this March. A facet of automotive safety that is easy for drivers to forget, it is just as important to protect your vehicle from potential theft as it is to protect yourself and your passengers from dangers on the road.
The National Insurance Crime Bureau recently released their list of top stolen vehicles of 2015, and the cars included on it are extraordinarily similar to those on the 2014 list. The only new additions are the Toyota Corolla and Chevrolet Impala.
As you are reading this article you are probably thinking either, “Phew, I don’t own one of those vehicles,” or “Oh no, my car made the list!” But in all honesty, it is not as important what type of vehicle you drive as it is what precautions you take. Regardless of if you are toting your family around in a Dodge Caravan or heading to and from work in the latest Tesla model, there are criminals who will try to take advantage of your mistakes.
As you are getting out of your vehicle each day, we at PermaPlate recommend asking yourself the following questions.
- Are all windows closed?
- Are you taking all valuables out of the vehicle with you?
- Are you parked in a well-lit and trafficked area?
- Did you lock the car doors?
To further enhance your vehicle’s protection, drivers can also purchase and install anti-theft technologies like ignition kill switches and GPS trackers. PermaPlate even offers Etchguard, a service that installs a traceable security code to various parts of your vehicle. This code makes your vehicle much less appealing to potential thieves.
For more information on PermaPlate’s Etchguard service and other protection programs we offer, please contact us today at 800-453-8470.