You’re walking out to your car, thinking about the things you need to do today, and come to an empty spot where your car is supposed to be. That sinking feeling in your chest right now is exactly what someone in the U.S. feels every 33 seconds.1
Watch an Allstate Street Team dismantle a car in a matter of minutes, just like professional car thieves do everyday. Why? Because a car’s parts are worth more than the entire car.
Car theft is the number one property theft in the country costing Americans approximately $7.6 billion dollars a year and also increases insurance premiums for all drivers by $200 to $300 per year.2
The good news is you’re not powerless. These simple tips from Allstate can help you keep your car safe.
- Always lock doors and roll-up windows. These are your first line of defense against car thieves.
- Hide valuables. According to the National Insurance Crime Bureau, 40% of Americans leave valuables in their car in plain view.
- Never leave spare keys in your car. Professional thieves know all the hiding places.
- Install a device that will lock the steering wheel, ignition or doors if someone who’s not supposed to be driving tries to start the car.
- Track your vehicle. While expensive, tracking devices with GPS capabilities are very effective at finding your car, and the thief, if it is ever stolen.