It's easy to think that you'll be immune to vehicle theft – but new and more advanced methods and an increased scarcity of vehicles and parts is driving a significant increase in stolen vehicles across the country – and the scary reality is that you could be next.
The good news? By implementing these 5 simple and effective measures, you can not only reduce your risk of falling victim to this crime but also avoid the headaches that come along with it, like increased premiums, added stress, and more.
1. Install an anti-theft tracking system
A vehicle anti-theft tracking and recovery system is one of the most effective defenses against theft. This type of system typically consists of a set of small wireless devices that are installed in your vehicle to help locate and recover it if it's stolen anywhere in Canada or the United States. Many systems also include a discreet logo that's engraved on both the windscreen of your vehicle and the most popular resale parts in order to further deter theft – and many only track your vehicle once you've reported it stolen, so you don't have to worry about privacy concerns.
What's even better? Installing an anti-theft tracking and recovery system could prevent you from having to pay a higher insurance premium if you drive a vehicle that's at high risk of theft.
If your insurance company has recommended you install one, or you're interested in getting one for your own peace of mind, look for a popular and reputable system like Tag Tracking, which can be installed at any local Speedy Glass locations. Other reputable systems include KYCS Locate powered by Sherlock® or Domino Tracking©.
And don't forget – once you've installed your anti-theft tracking system, let your insurance company know so they can record your tracking number and installation date.
2. Take additional precautions
In addition to installing an anti-theft system, it's important to always lock your car (even if you're only leaving it for a short period). Ensure that your doors, windows, and trunk are secure, and when parking your car, choose well-lit and populated areas since thieves are less likely to target vehicles in places with high visibility and foot traffic. Never leave your car running unattended and avoid leaving valuable items like your laptop, purse, or phone in plain sight.
3. Be mindful of your keys
Be cautious of keyless entry systems since thieves can intercept and clone the signals from your key fob to access your vehicle. You may also want to consider additional security measures, such as signal-blocking pouches to further prevent electronic key signal theft. Avoid leaving your keys unattended or in obvious places and, if you have a spare key, don't hide it inside the car.
4. Consider driving a vehicle that is less of a target
Cars that are popular, easy to steal, or have high demand parts are more likely to be stolen. By choosing a vehicle that is less appealing to thieves, you minimize the chances of becoming a victim of car theft. Here's a list of the top 5 stolen vehicles in Ontario in 2022 (from our own client data):
(Note: All models are 2017 or more recent)
- Range Rover
- Honda CR-V
- Toyota Highlander
- Dodge Ram 1500
- Lexus RX350
5. Add additional security features to your vehicle
You can also lower your car's risk of being stolen by using things like:
- A steering wheel lock
- An on board diagnostic (ODB) port lock
- Brake locks or audible alarms
Vehicle theft can be a scary and stressful topic, so it's important to add as many layers of protection as you can to reduce your risk of being affected. Just remember, these tips are general in nature, and you should always consider your specific circumstances and location when taking preventive measures to keep yourself safe.
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