Most of us don’t think about car theft prevention until it’s too late. But the fact is, learning how to prevent a car theft is knowledge you need.
Consider this: a vehicle is stolen every 44 seconds in the United States according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). While 50 percent are recovered, that somewhat encouraging figure doesn’t tell the whole story.
As a police officer, I helped reunite victims with their stolen vehicles on a regular basis, and rarely was it a joyous occasion. That’s because it only takes moments for a criminal to strip down your car for parts, crash it during a joy ride, or ditch it while fleeing law enforcement. The car you get back looks nothing like the one that was once parked in your driveway.
If you don’t want a criminal sitting behind the wheel of your car, you need to educate yourself on how to prevent car theft. Drawing on my experience as a law enforcement officer, I’ve put together this car theft prevention guide as a starting point for doing so.