7 ways to keep thieves out of your vehicle

Every 43 seconds — that’s how often a vehicle is stolen in the U.S. And only about 56 percent of them are recovered.

Nearly half of all thefts are due to driver error, which means you can make a big difference in preventing them. Take these steps to deter thieves from targeting your car:

  1. Remove your keys, close the windows,
         and lock the car.
  2. Never leave your car running unattended.
  3. Don’t keep any belongings — especially
         valuables — in sight in your vehicle.
  4. Park in a garage or a well-lit area.
  5. Don’t store your registration and title in
         the car.
  6. Keep your keys out of sight at home.
  7. Purchase an anti-theft device. Visual and audio devices, such as steering wheel locks and
         alarm systems, are powerful deterrents. See a variety of other anti-theft systems here.
If your car is stolen, call the police to report the theft. Give them as much detail as possible, including license plate and vehicle identification numbers; make, model, and color; and other distinguishing elements of your vehicle. Then, contact your insurance company to report the loss.

See more stats and ways to protect your vehicle from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Statistics from the NHTSA.