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How To Prevent Your Car From Being Stolen

October 31, 2011

For many of us, our vehicle is the second largest purchase we make. Would you not want to do everything you can to prevent your car from being stolen?

Did you know that 300 cars per day were stolen in Canada in 2009? (Statistics Canada) Despite constant advice on how to thwart car thieves and invention of new theft-deterrent technology, car theft continues to thrive as a menace in our society.

Car theft in Canada is a common and costly crime. It costs Albertans $60 Million a year in insurance claims. (EPS website)

The Edmonton Police Service points out on their website:

Most car security is inadequate. Thieves are able to break in and drive away with most makes and models of vehicles in less than a minute. Research shows that particular kinds of thieves favour certain models because they have found ways to easily steal them. Many of these stolen vehicles will be used in other crimes and are often involved in police persuits. These persuits can become a safety risk to the public and the police officers involved.

Want to know the likelihood of your car being a target? Statistics for 2009 (Insurance Bureau of Canada) indicate:

The Top Five Most Stolen Cars in Canada Are:

  1. Honda Civic
  2. Cadillac Escalade
  3. Acura RSX
  4. Acura Integra
  5. Audi S4 Quattro

Living in Edmonton also does not improve the likelihood of our vehicle being safe from car thieves. According to Statistics Canada for 2007:

Where Is Your Vehicle Most Likely To Be Stolen In Canada?

  1. Winnipeg, MB             (1,714)
  2. Abbotsford, BC           (1,001)
  3. Edmonton, AB           (832)
  4. Regina, SK                   (734)
  5. Calgary, AB                  (638)
  6. Vancouver, BC              (630)
  7. Saskatoon, SK             (615)
  8. Montreal, QC               (600)
  9. London, ON                 (489)  
  10. Hamilton, ON             (480)

How To Prevent Your Car From Being Stolen

Car thieves are usually in a big rush. Don’t make it easy for them to steal your vehicle. Here are 10 Tips on how to make your vehicle “inconvenient” to car thieves:

  • Always lock your car doors, windows and the sunroof when parking your car. Lock the doors even if you are re-entering your house to grab that one item you forgot to take on your way out. Theft can occur in a matter of seconds. And what good does it do if your doors are locked but you left a window down while parked.
  • Hide your valuables out of sight or better, take them with you. Remember: if they can’t see it they can’t steal it (EPS).
  • Lock the trunk release (on newer vehicles) when you park your car. Thieves may break a window, press the trunk release and now have access to everything in your trunk.
  • Always remove the ignition key, even if you are getting out of your vehicle for just a moment. Don’t tempt a potential thief.
  • Never leave a spare key to your vehicle inside your car. Most experienced thieves already know all the great hiding spots you can think of.

  • Never leave your car running while unattended, not even for a second. With our cold Edmonton winters, people warm up their car, run back inside to get their stuff, only to come out and find their vehicle is gone.
  • Don’t leave anything with your name & address, social insurance number or other personal information in yur vehicle. Beware of the danger of Identity Theft.
  • Your vehicle is safer in your driveway than on the street. Why not make it even safer by parking it in a locked garage.
  • Always park in a sensible place with plenty of light, avoiding unlit areas at night. Park your car where it is visual to the public. The more eyes on it, the more inconvenient it will be for a thief.
  • Use an anti-theft device, such as The Club. When purchasing a new vehicle, make sure it comes with a car alarm system installed. You should also have a sticker decal on your car window warning thieves that your vehicle is protected with an alarm system.
If you don’t have a security system, if your current system is not monitored or if you are not happy with your current security provider, call me for a free, no-obligation consultation. You will be glad you did!
Ulli Robson, Security Specialist, (780) 288-2986

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  1. len permalink

    As you can see Honda is the vehicle of choice for theives and yes Acura is made by Honda. One reason is that the Honda powertrains are very good quality and will last a very long time. Unfortunately the body does not, so body parts are a hot item. As the majority of drivers of these models are young people. They are a little harder on their vehicles as well and do require a little more maintenance then a vehicle belonging to someone older (generally speaking). Since body parts for these vehicles is a little pricey for young people they take it from others. Lets face the consequences for their actions are what, probation and only if they are chronic theives and get caught a lot they will never see the inside of a jail. The mentality of the day is “insurance will cover it”. Which means we all pay higher insurance premiums cause lets face the insurance company is not going to lose any money someone has to pay for it. The bad is not, how can they, cause they are stealing cars to make money to survive. Fact is they are not doing it to survive at all because no matter what they steal and sell to a chop shop they will never get more then $2500 for a top end vehicle, usually get a couple hundred dollars at best. A way to stop them is mentioned in the article, do not leave valuables in plain view of a crook. No matter what kind of vehicle you own, an average trained crook can get into your vehicle in a matter of 6-10 seconds so don’t kid yourself because you have an alarm system or fancier vehicle then the next guy. Best way is not to give them a reason to break in the first place. Do not leave anything of value in the open, lock your doors, park in a well lite well traveled area because a the last thing a thief wants is to been seen working. With all that all you will do is minimize the chances of having your vehicle broken into or stolen and that is the best you can do. The same for your house as your car the harder you make it for the thieves the less likely they will attempt to break in. To beat a thief, you have to think like one, ask yourself when you look at your house or car “if I were to break in how would I do it and why” you will surprise yourself on what you see.

  2. Love your comments Len! Thanks for taking the time. Regards, Ulli.

  3. Joanne permalink

    I had a 1989 Honda Prelude Si 4ws. This car was restored and was ready for the collector plates. I park in an underground parking area with a lock box on outside and inside. The car had a club and a Viper Security (stickers were plainly displayed along with the blinking blue light). The night it was stolen, the security had gone off and I went to investigate the cause. Finding nothing wrong, I reset the security and went to bed. In the morning when I got up the security on the 2 way was beeping. I went down and the car was gone! You could see the drag marks on the concrete floor from some sort of jack system which went from the stall to halfway through the parking area. The police stated that the car was dragged out of the stall and then there was probably a tow truck waiting. While talking with the officer, the 2way remote went crazy showing intrusion on all areas of the car. The security then showed as unlocked and that is how it still shows. I am devasted and don’t know what I could have done other than sleep in the car.

    • So sorry to hear that Joanne! Unfortunately, there is only so much we can do to prevent this from happening. You hope to slow down the crooks to the point they give up. However, if they are truly determined, and have a plan in place like in your scenario, you may end up the victim. Your Honda must have been a beauty!

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