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  • Keep your spare keys in your wallet, not in your car.
  • Invest in a good anti-theft device.
  • Close windows and lock doors. Take your possessions with you.
  • Never leave your vehicle unattended while it warms up – even for just for a minute.
  • Never leave valuables in your car (especially visible and on your seat) as they provide too much temptation for potential thieves.
  • Never leave your car keys unattended (e.g. in a gym locker); try and keep your keys with you at all times.
  • Don’t leave the holder for your GPS unit (or other hand held devices) visible as it may alert thieves that valuables may be stored in your car (e.g., glove box).
  • At home, light your driveway all night or park in a well-lit area near pedestrian traffic.
  • After opening an automatic gate to underground parking, watch out for thieves waiting to slip inside. Wait for the gate to close behind you.
  • Avoid parking behind fences or hedges.
  • Ensure you don’t “pillow” your insurance decal (valtag) by layering year after year.  It allows a criminal to easily remove the stack with a straight razor which then gets sold to an uninsured driver.
  • If you see any suspicious person or activity near a vehicle, call the police immediately.

 

Anti Theft Devices

There are numerous anti-theft devices on the market. These include, steering wheel locks, automatic engine shut offs, satellite tracking, window etching, and car alarms.

For a complete review of anti-theft devices, visit www.icbc.com.