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Auto Theft Prevention Overview
According to the National Insurance Crime Bureau, auto theft is a very profitable business, generating nearly $8 billion a year. Despite declining auto theft rates, business continues to grow in the United States due to the ever increasing value of cars.
It's an awful feeling to be a victim of auto theft. According to the FBI, auto theft occurs about every 30 seconds in the United States, so if you are a victim, don't feel alone. Stolen Lost & Found Online is here to help. Stolen Lost Found Online is the worlds largest online auto theft database, it's both free and easy to search auto theft reports and free to report auto theft online.
Any car can be stolen by professional auto thieves, but if they want yours, make them work for it. Here are some ways to protect yourself from auto theft. The more difficult you make your car to steal, the less likely you will experience auto theft first hand.
These auto theft prevention techniques vary on your vehicle and location. Determine which auto theft prevention is best for you by examining both your budget and personal preferences.
Common Sense Auto Theft Prevention
Of all the auto theft prevention techniques, these are the easiest and most inexpensive to deter car thieves. These should be followed even if leaving your car for very a brief time, it takes a professional auto thief less than thirty seconds to steal a car.
- Never leave the keys in the car.
- Lock the doors
- Close the windows
- Park in well lit, visible areas.
- Never leave the engine running and vehicle unlocked, no matter how short a period of time.
- Hide all valuables
Auto Theft Warning Devices
This is either a visible or audible auto theft prevention device to alert thieves your vehicle is protected. Car thieves prefer quick, easy and quite targets and will choose an unprotected car over one that poses difficulties. Popular auto theft prevention devices:
- Steering column collars / "the club"
- Audible auto theft alarms
- Steering wheel / Brake pedal lock
- Brake locks
- Wheel locks
- Tire locks / Tire deflators
- Identification markers in or on vehicle
- Window etching
- Micro Dot Marking
Immobilizing Auto Theft Prevention Device
This type of auto theft prevention prevents thieves from hot-wiring the car. These devices either use computer chips in ignition keys or obstruct electricity or fuel to the engine until a hidden switch disables the device. Popular immobilizing devices:
- Smart key
- Hidden kill switch
- Fuse cut-off switch
- Starter, ignition and / or fuel disabling device
- Wireless, ignition authentication
Auto Theft Tracking Devices
Tracking devices emit a signal to the police or tracking center when an auto theft occurs. Tracking devices are very effective in helping the police recover stolen cars and bring auto thieves to justice. Tracking devices use a combination of GPS and wireless technology to track a stolen car. Some systems notify the owner when the car is moved, the car is then tracked with a computer. Popular auto theft tracking devices:
- Factory installed systems: GM Onstar, Mercedes-Benz TeleAid, BMW Assist, Lexus Enform, Toyota Safety Connect
- Mobile IQ
Important Things To Remember For Auto Theft
If your car is left unlocked, the keys left in the car or valuables left in sight, your chance of becoming a victim of auto theft is: 1 in 30
If your car is locked, the keys removed and valuables concealed, chances of becoming an auto theft victim is: 1 in 1000
If your car is locked, the keys removed and valuables concealed with the use of a visible anti-auto-theft device, your chance of being an auto theft victim is: 1 in 30,000
When ever you are involved in an accident, be sure to keep you cool. Some car jackings occur by creating a low impact accident, when the driver pulls over the auto thieves proceed to jack the car. Always pull over in a well lit, well populated area and don't be afraid to call the non-emergency police line to have a squad car come to the scene for both your protection and for an official police report of the incident. This can help for safety, insurance purposes and to avoid being a victim of auto theft.
How To File A Stolen Auto Police Report
The first step in any occurrence of theft is to report the incident to the police immediately. This helps you recover the stolen item if it gets confiscated and helps with an insurance claim process on the account an official police report is required to file a claim.
Here are the general steps to file a police report:
- Call the non-emergency phone number for the local police station or law enforcement agency where the item was stolen.
- Obtain the physical address and go to the police station or law enforcement agency.
- Once there, go to the stolen property department if applicable.
- While creating a stolen property police report it's important to provide the theft detective or clerk with as many details as possible, especially the item's serial number, any identifying marks or stickers. Also include when, where and how the item was stolen.
- Once you have completed the report, be sure to obtain a copy and retain it for follow-up and recovery.
It's important to file a police report for theft, no matter how big, small or valuable the stolen item is, because it helps the police know a thief's (or thieves) M.O. and to control theft by using crime data to increase patrol in areas with a high or rising crime rate. Sometimes an area's theft rate can skyrocket because people don't report theft incidents because the stolen item isn't of high monetary value. This is called petty theft and is how a petty thief can continue stealing because the police are not made aware of their activity.
How To Report A Stolen Auto Online
Get the world on your case! Here are the steps to create an online Stolen Auto report for free:
- If not yet registered, click the "Register" link at the top right-hand side of the page or click the "Report" button at page top.
- Enter your information and click the "Register" button.
- Open the email account used for registration, open the verification email and click the link in the email body or copy and paste it in your browser address bar and press the "Enter" or "Return" key.
- Log in to the Stolen Lost Found Online website
- Click the "Report" link in the main navigation bar or the "Report" button at page top.
- Select the appropriate category.
- Select the appropriate sub-category.
- Select to post as Stolen.
- Enter as much information about the Stolen Auto as possible - the make, model and serial number are especially important. Also helpful are any identifying marks and photos if available.
- Click the "Submit" button.
That's it. Once the Stolen Auto report is submitted it will post on Stolen Lost Found Online immediately and will appear on the search engines within a day. By reporting online you literally make a world of difference for recovering your Stolen Auto, long into the future.
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Auto Theft Prevention Conclusion
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