You might own a fancy car and be a proud owner of it. You might also have owned a car insurance policy in order to secure your priced possession. But, have you taken the precautionary measures to avoid car theft in Texas. Whether you live in urban or higher crime areas, it has an impact on your risk of being a victim of auto theft. Though car theft is covered by the optional “comprehensive” coverage on your auto insurance policy, why be an easy prey?
Statistics say: Every 26.4 seconds a car is stolen in the United States. National Insurance Crime Bureau, reports that 1,192,809 vehicles were stolen. More than 700,000 vehicles are stolen and have not been found. They are assumed to be exported, tricked by owners as stolen, or ripped apart for resale in shops. Texas stands in second position amongst the top 10 states ranked by number of auto thefts. Only 12.6 percent of thefts were cleared and the thief were arrested.
Vehicles are stolen for many reasons. Few are stolen and parts are stripped for resale. Other vehicles are stolen and sold by the crooks to another dealer. Vehicles are also stolen for robbery, joyriding, for committing many other offences, to support smuggling of drugs, drug habits, or to commit insurance fraud. Frequently stolen vehicles in Texas are Ford Pickup, GM Pickup, Dodge Pickup, Honda Civic, Honda Accord, Chevrolet pickup trucks and many more.
In addition to having an auto insurance there are many other things you can do in order to avoid theft and protect your asset. These safety measures will not only shield your vehicle but also gain discounts on your car insurance policy.
- Install safety devices such as alarms, window etching, brake locks, steering column collars etc.
- Do not park your vehicle in dim lit areas and leave the key in the ignition.
- Check if all the doors and windows are properly closed.
- Use of tracking devices that warn you and emit signals to help the cops in tracing the vehicle.
- Use of immobilizers such as kill switchers, starter, fuel disablers, smart keys, ignition disablers and fuse cut offs.