Although you may be a responsible vehicle owner who has financially protected your car against theft with a Wisconsin auto insurance policy, it’s a much better idea to try and prevent a theft, rather than deal with the consequences of a stolen car. By taking a few simple precautions, you can help make your car a less attractive target to a car thief on the prowl.
• Always be car theft aware and choose the places you leave your car carefully. In public parking lots, look around for a light, or a surveillance camera and park close to it. The last thing a car thief wants is to be caught on camera, or in full bright view breaking into a car, so these two things might be enough to make him leave your car alone.
• Although steering wheel locks have been around for a long time, they’re still considered to be an effective and inexpensive deterrent to car thieves. Car alarms, engine immobilizers and tracking systems are all excellent anti-theft devices, but lack being a visual deterrent. If you have one of these systems, consider placing a sticker in an obvious place. Knowing a vehicle is equipped with an anti-theft device may encourage a car thief to move on to an easier target.
Don’t forget the little things, like not leaving parcels or other valuables visible in your car, and always lock up even if you only intend to be gone for a few minutes. Unfortunately, making a claim against your Wisconsin auto insurance may result in an increase in the cost of your premiums, so it makes considerable sense to ensure your car is as safe and secure as possible.