Myth #1: I lock my car doors, which is enough to protect my car from getting stolen.
Reality: Although locking your car doors is great common sense, that alone is not enough to protect your car from being stolen. The AATA recommends a layered approach to protection as the most practical way to make your vehicle tough to steal.
Myth #2: No matter what steps I take, a car thief can easily steal my vehicle.
Reality: Vehicle theft IS preventable! By taking a few extra precautions to secure your vehicle, you can make it more difficult for a thief to steal. Research shows that thieves are looking for easy targets with little or no risks of being detected. If your vehicle is secured with several layers of protection and at least one visible theft deterrent device, thieves will most likely target a different vehicle.
Myth #3: I’ll only be away from my car a moment – besides it’s so hot what will it hurt if I leave the car running while I run into the convenient store (or dry cleaners, or gas station)?
Reality: Vehicle theft is often a crime of opportunity! NEVER leave your vehicle running and unattended with the keys in the ignition, not even for a minute.
Myth #4: It doesn’t matter if my car is stolen – my insurance company fully covers me.
Reality: Although you may have insurance coverage on your car, you still probably have a deductible, which may not take away all the pain of losing your vehicle. Many auto theft victims end up with out-of pocket expenses and unfortunately, insurance cannot always cover for the inconvenience, the hassle of looking for a new vehicle and the feeling of being violated. In addition, the value of the stolen vehicle is often times less than the owner thought. One more point to consider - your stolen vehicle may be used to commit other crimes and/or injure an innocent person.