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It hasn't happened in years, but someone close to me has had their car stolen in the past. It was pretty scary, and it took a long time for her to feel comfortable driving somewhere and parking her car. She was definitely much more careful about leaving things in her car after that, as her camera was one of the things she'd left in the glove box. Regardless of where you live in the country, there are certain safety tips for preventing vehicle theft that should be adhered to.
If you're purchasing an older car and are looking in to getting auto insurance for it, it's important to consider the likelihood of that particular vehicle being stolen. Luckily, the car I purchased last year, a Subaru Outback, isn't on the Insurance Hunter list of the most stolen cars of 2012. Sometimes I am a little surprised by the amount of the same make of car there is on the list, like Ford and Honda. Do you own one of these makes of cars? I would recommend checking out the list, so you're prepared, and are extra safe when it comes to parking your car.
There are things you can do, whether or not you have a car on the list, to prevent vehicle theft. The thing I've done, that makes me feel the most safe, is install an alarm on my car. I always try to park in a busy area with plenty of lighting, too. I definitely prefer parking in a parking garage, or at least on the street in front of where I am – a restaurant or store.
What are your favourite tips for preventing vehicle theft? Have you ever had your vehicle stolen?