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Feb. 1, 2022

Seven tips to prevent vehicle theft

OMA Insurance shares these tips to help prevent your car from being stolen.

Reports show that a car is stolen approximately every six minutes in Canada. While you may feel secure with the system installed by your car’s manufacturer, auto thieves know how to take advantage of specific opportunities. 

Here are some tips to protect your vehicle (and what’s inside):

  1. Lock your doors and roll up your windows

Don’t make your car an easy target! Your neighbourhood may be safe, but the risk is still there.

  1. Don’t leave your car running

Even if you’re just leaving your car for a quick moment, leaving it running (or leaving the keys inside) can make you an easy target.

  1. Try extra security features

Car alarms are a great start, but thieves often know how to work around them. Steering wheel locks or lug nuts are a great way to make the theft of a vehicle more challenging.

  1. Hide your valuables

Sometimes, thieves aren’t looking to steal your car – rather, what’s inside. Make sure you secure any valuables out of sight, such as in your trunk or glove compartment. Trunk covers are a great option if your trunk has a large window and your items are visible.

  1. Invest in home security cameras

If you park your car in the driveway, having an exterior home security camera is a great way to make your car a less appealing target.

  1. Keep your keys away from doors and windows

Keeping your keys near your front door may be convenient, but it may also help thieves steal your car. Vehicles that use a key fob-activated starter are vulnerable to having the signal from their key fob emulated by tech-savvy car thieves.

  1. Get the right insurance coverage
Endorsements or additional coverages like reimbursement of replacement vehicle coverage can help cover your rental car cost if your vehicle is stolen.

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This article is being provided by OMA Insurance on behalf of The Personal Insurance Company. The information and advice in this article are provided for informational purposes only. The Personal shall not be liable for any damages arising from any reliance upon such information or advice. The Personal recommends using caution and consulting an expert for comprehensive, expert advice.