Auto Insurance

Be Car Smart To Prevent Theft

July 1, 2009

(NewsUSA) – Vehicle theft is the crime that makes you keep
paying and paying. In addition to the actual loss, victims may face the costs of higher insurance
premiums, replacing valuables, time spent dealing with police, car rental fees, missed work time
and even possible identity theft.

LoJack Corporation, the company that invented the stolen vehicle recovery market two decades
ago, has teamed up with insurance fraud and vehicle theft protection expert, the National Insurance
Crime Bureau, to launch an education initiative designed to inform the public about the risks of
vehicle theft and how to prevent it. If you think vehicle theft can't happen to you, think again.
In the United States, a car, SUV or light truck is stolen every 25.5 seconds.

A joint survey commissioned by LoJack and the National Insurance Crime Bureau shows that bad
habits make people easy targets for today's professional thieves. The survey revealed

*33 percent of people have left their car running to warm it up or to run a quick

*47 percent of people don't always park in well-lit areas

*40 percent of people don't hide valuables

*48 percent of people have left mail, and 26 percent have left a wallet or purse in
their vehicle, putting them at risk of identity theft.

What can motorists do to prevent themselves from becoming victims? Common-sense
thinking can go a long way. Never leave a spare key in the vehicle. Close and lock all windows and
doors. Park in a well-lit area. Don't leave valuables in your vehicle, and never leave the area
when your car is running.

Use of a theft-deterrent device adds a layer of protection. Consider a car alarm or a
visible device such as a steering wheel lock or window etching.

As an added layer of protection, use a vehicle immobilizer. Install a smart key or
fuel cut-off device to make it more difficult for a thief to get your vehicle.

The final layer is to use a stolen vehicle recovery system. Since professional
thieves can outsmart most deterrents, these systems help authorities track down and recover your
vehicle if it is stolen.

For a free booklet that details the steps that owners can take to protect their
vehicle from theft, visit the LoJack Knowledge Center at, or the National Insurance
Crime Bureau's Web site at and click on "Theft and
Fraud Awareness."