How to Protect Your Vehicle from Car Theft

We’ve all done it at least once. You walked to the parking lot, to the spot where you parked your car, and your vehicle is nowhere to be found. Fortunately, for a majority of people, their feelings of worry are quickly erased when they realize they’ve returned to the wrong location in the parking lot. There are however, scenarios where memory is not the culprit and the vehicle has actually been stolen.

In the case of a stolen vehicle, you are not only left without a mode of transportation, you must undergo the lengthy process of reporting it to the local police. The time and costs associated with having your vehicle stolen can be frustrating. As a result, we’ve provided a list of the top ways to protect your vehicle from car theft in San Diego:

  • Park in Safe Areas

    It may seem like a no brainer, but a common mistake people make is not paying attention to where they park their car. Having a private garage is of course the best option, but if you must park outside, park in well-lit areas. Take particular caution in parking lots and at gas stations.

  • Buy a Steering Wheel Lock

    There’s a reason steering wheel locks have been around for a while: they’ve been proven to deter thieves. Any thief looking to steal your vehicle will likely think twice after seeing a steering wheel lock.

  • Install an Alarm or Anti-Theft-System

    Cars that have an anti-theft system are generally preferred by San Diego auto insurance companies because they reduce the chances of the car being stolen, thus reducing the risk for the insurer. If you don’t have one already, install an alarm or other anti-theft-system and consider devices such as ignition cut-off systems which prevent a car from being started.

  • Hide All Valuables

    Don’t leave anything valuable – or something that looks valuable – out in plain view. Place valuables underneath the seat or in the vehicle’s trunk. If you must keep valuables in your vehicle, cover them with a blanket.

  • Install Window Tint

    Tinted windows make it harder for burglars to see inside your car. They’re even more effective at night. It is best to go to a professional window tinting company to ensure it is done properly and in line with the laws outlined by the state you live in.

  • Install a Tracking device

    The installation of a GPS tracking device is a must if you have a genuine concern about your car being stolen. The device allows law enforcement to quickly locate a vehicle if stolen. Some models can even shut down the car and lock criminals inside until police arrive.

After making the above changes, contact American Tri Star at 619-272-2100 or get an online auto insurance quote. We are a preferred auto insurance provider in San Diego, offering some of the lowest insurance prices, even for those with poor driving history. See how much you can save with us and contact a representative today.