It's a simple fact: drivers rely on their cars. Today, we would like to share with you some information about the most stolen cars of 2013, along with some simple ways to prevent car theft. Ask yourself this question: What would you do if you realize that your car had been stolen?
Top 10 Stolen Cars in 2013
Have you ever wondered which makes and models car thieves steal the most? Well, according to this article by insurancejournal.com, these are the top ten cars stolen in 2013 (along with the number of reported incidents):
- Honda Accord (53,995)
- Honda Civic (45,001)
- Chevrolet Pickup (Full Size) (27,809)
- Ford Pickup (Full Size) (26,494)
- Toyota Camry (14,420)
- Dodge Pickup (Full Size) (11,347)
- Dodge Caravan (10,911)
- Jeep Cherokee/Grand Cherokee (9,272)
- Toyota Corolla (9,010)
- Nissan Altima (8,892)
If your car is on the list, you may be wondering how you can prevent a car theft without breaking the bank for a top of the line alarm system. While an alarm system is a great way to deter theft, here are a few cheap and simple ways that you can keep your car safer:
5 Simple Precautions Every Car Owner Should Take
1. Keep valuables and personal information out of sight. Leaving a laptop or tablet out on the passenger seat, or a briefcase on the floor behind the driver's seat is an open invitation for a thief to take your things.
2. Never leave your keys in the ignition. It doesn't matter if you're making a run to the ATM or getting the mail, you should never leave your car running and unattended. Potential thieves look for easy opportunities to steal and it doesn't get any easier than a running car.
3. When possible, park in lots and garages that have security systems or parking attendants. If a secure lot is unavailable, try to avoid parking on the outskirts of lots and instead get into the habit of parking in a well lit area toward the entrance of a facility, where a lot of foot traffic will pass by your car and deter thieves.
4. Be smart with your "hidden" spare keys. No one wants to get locked out of their car, but thieves are well aware that some drivers store a spare in a magnetic box on the underside of the car. Instead, give your spare to a trusted friend or family member.
5. Don't give a thief information about your alarm. Some cars display information about what security system they contain. Thieves will look for alarm systems that they know how to disarm. Increase the mystery shrouding your car alarm by removing this sticker and you may decrease your car's chance of being stolen.
What to do if YOU are victimized
Imagine this scenario: you are done shopping and you can't seem to find your car. You've looked and looked, but it's nowhere to be seen. What do you do?
The first step is to call the police. The sooner you report your car as stolen, the sooner the police can begin searching for it. While you wait for the police to arrive, ask people in the area if they saw your vehicle, or any suspicious activity.
Once your car have been reported as stolen, it is time to call your car insurance company. To speak with a Frimark/Keller & Associates representative, just call 847-907-4520. We can get started on your claim and we will do our best to get you back on the road as soon as possible.