Is there anything more bothersome than someone stealing your belongings? Hardly! Read our tips to help you minimize the risk of getting your vehicle stolen.
Tips for reducing the risk of vehicle theft
- Always park in a busy, visible, well-lit spot.
- Don’t leave any valuables in plain sight inside your vehicle (GPS, smartphone, laptop, etc.). Put your personal belongings in the trunk.
- Lock the doors and roll up the windows.
- Never leave your keys inside your vehicle.
- Don’t leave your vehicle unattended with the engine running.
- Have a tracking system or an antitheft system installed. You can also have certain parts of your vehicle security-marked, such as the wheels, lights, engine and windshield. This can help lower your car insurance premium, too.
Don’t make it easy for thieves
Like many people, you probably leave your proof of insurance, driver’s licence and vehicle registration inside your vehicle. But did you know that makes life easier for thieves?
If a thief is pulled over by the police, they can just tell the officer you loaned them your vehicle. And if you haven’t yet reported the theft, they could get away scot-free.
Did you know?
Having your vehicle stolen is dealt with through your car insurance. However, if things are stolen out of your car, such as your laptop or your luggage, it’s your home insurancethat would cover the loss.
Top 10 stolen cars in Canada, 2016
- Toyota 4Runner 4DR 2016
- Toyota Tundra 4WD 2015
- Toyota 4Runner 4DR 2015
- BMW 328i Cabriolet 2009
- Infiniti QX70 4DR 2015
- Ford F250 SD 4WD 2003
- Ford F250 SD 4WD 2006
- Subaru Impreza 4DR 2002
- Toyota Tundra 4WD 2016
- Jeep Wrangler Unlimi 2016
Source: Groupement des assureurs automobiles