Don’t give auto theft an opportunity

Auto thefts are on the rise in Michigan. In 2016, Michigan reported 20,477 stolen vehicles and current data indicates that 2017 is on track to potentially surpass those numbers.

A vehicle is stolen every 44 seconds in the United States with nearly half of those thefts involving an unlocked door or keys left in the ignition. In addition to locking your vehicle and taking keys with you, these precautions could lessen the likelihood of you becoming a victim of auto theft or having property inside your vehicle stolen:

– Closing windows when your vehicle is parked

– Avoiding leaving valuables in your vehicle, especially where they can be seen

– Not leaving your vehicle running unattended

– Parking in well-lit areas

– Keeping your vehicle in your garage, if possible

– Keeping exterior house lights on at night

– Installing a car alarm or using a theft deterrent device like a steering wheel lock or gear shift column lock

You should also keep an eye out for suspicious vehicles in your neighborhood. If you see out-of-place persons, report them to law enforcement immediately. If you are purchasing or selling a vehicle on an online sales site, complete the transaction during business hours at a police department or Secretary of State office. Never invite strangers to your home or meet in non-public places. Always inspect the vehicle title closely before purchase and if anything looks odd, postpone the sale until you can confirm its legitimacy.

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