- Metro area with most car thefts: Trenton
- Vehicle theft rate: 203.6 per 100,000 residents
- Total vehicles stolen in 2017: 763
- Most stolen car in New Jersey: Honda Civic
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Make sure you are less susceptible to car theft with these helpful prevention tips from Foremost Insurance Group:
The best bet is to keep your vehicle in a locked garage. But for some people, this may not be an option. If you keep your vehicle parked outside, start by parking it in your driveway. If your vehicle is front wheel drive, park front end first, and if your vehicle is rear-wheel drive, back into your driveway. This makes it harder to thieves to tow your vehicle. If you park in the street, park in a well-lit, highly trafficked area, but make sure you're following the posted rules. Turning your wheels towards the curb, using your emergency brake, and parking in between other vehicles can also make it harder for your vehicle to be towed away.
While locking your vehicle or leaving it in a well-lit area can certainly help prevent auto theft, you may want to increase your peace of mind by purchasing an anti-theft device. Many different types are available, and it's easy to find one that fits your budget and needs. Some of the more common anti-theft devices include:
- Electronic security systems
- Steering wheel and column locks
- Ignition kill switches
- Fuel kill switches
- Locks for the floorboard, gear shift, tires/wheels or hood
- Vehicle tracking systems
Unfortunately, vehicles are stolen all the time in this country. If you become the victim of auto theft contact the police first. Make sure you know as much of the following information as possible:
- Year, make, model, and color of your vehicle
- License plate number
- Approximate time of the theft
- Location where the vehicle was parked
- Names of eyewitnesses (if there are any)
In addition to being confident that you are doing what you can to protect your vehicle; it's important that you have the right insurance. Not all automobiles are the same and neither are all automobile policies. You need an insurance policy that offers the coverages that are important to you when you're behind the wheel.
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