You can’t ensure that your car won’t be stolen, but there are things you can do to try to prevent it from happening.
We hope that by following these steps, it will make it more difficult for someone to steal your car and belongings. We've referenced the Insurance Brokers Association of Hamilton's article on how to avoid vehicle theft.
Always lock your car.
Whenever your car is parked, make sure the windows and doors are closed and locked. Even if it is hot outside, keeping your windows up can help to prevent car theft.
Don’t leave the car running.
You might be tempted to leave your car running on a cold morning, but it is important to turn your car off when you are not using it. Many car thefts happen near the car owner’s residence. Even if your car is in your driveway, turn it off to prevent it from being stolen.
Hold onto your car keys.
Do not leave your keys inside your car or hide a spare key under the car. If your car goes missing, the police will want to know where your keys are. When lending a spare key to someone, make sure you ask for it back when they no longer need it.
Park in a well-lit area.
When parking your car, choose a well-lit area. Parking close to building entrances or near security cameras can help to protect you. If you park in a parking garage, try to park close to the attendant or a security camera.
Keep valuables out of sight.
Do not leave valuables, such as purses or electronics in your car. If you have to keep them in your car, keep them out of sight by putting them in the trunk. Be aware that someone might be watching you do this, so leave
Use anti-theft devices.
Anti-theft devices, such a car alarm or an ignition disabler can help to prevent car theft. These devices make it more difficult for thieves to take your car. If your car is stolen, recovery tools can help to locate your car.