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Car Theft

Don't Make It Easy for a Thief To Steal Your Wheels. One vehicle is stolen every 20 seconds in the United States. Stolen cars, vans, trucks, and motorcycles cost victims time and money - and increase everyone's insurance premiums. They're also often used to commit other crimes. Don't become a victim of this serious crime.

The Basic Prevention Policy

* Never leave your keys in the car or ignition.

* Always lock your car, even if it's in front of your home.

* Copy your tag number and vehicle identification number (VIN) on a card and keep them with your driver's license.

* Keep the keys to your home and car separate.

* Keep your car in good running condition. Make sure there's enough gas to get there and back.

* Avoid parking in isolated areas with little foot or auto traffic. Be especially alert in unstaffed lots and enclosed parking garages.

* If you think someone is following you, drive to the nearest police or fire station, open service station, or other open business to get help.

* Don't pick up hitchhikers. Don't hitchhike yourself.

* If you often drive at night, or alone, consider a cellular phone to make it easier to summon help in an emergency.