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June 13, 2011 by

6 Ways to Help Prevent Car Theft

Thankfully, if your vehicle gets stolen, OnStar is there to help. And with the launch of OnStar FMV (For My Vehicle) this summer, you can now enjoy core OnStar services on vehicles you never thought possible by simply replacing your rearview mirror and subscribing to OnStar service.(1)

Even with the safety and security of OnStar, there are still precautions you can — and should — take every day to help keep your vehicle safe. Officer Daryl Slowinski is a 27-year veteran of the Farmington Hills, Mich., Police Department and he’s worked undercover with the Oakland County Auto Theft Unit. He shares six simple but effective ways to help prevent car theft:

1. Never, ever leave your keys in the car, even if it’s just for a minute, even if your car is in your driveway or garage.
2. If you have an attached garage and you are inside the house or out in the backyard, make sure you garage door is closed, or the service door leading into your living area is locked. Most people leave their keys on a hook right inside the door, making it too easy for a thief.
3. Invest in an alarm system for your vehicle. Anything that acts as a deterrent — whether it slows a thief down or makes a lot of noise — helps. Passersby may not pay attention to a car alarm that’s going off, but the fact that a car is still there making noise and/or flashing lights — and not long gone — shows it’s working as a deterrent.
4. Always park in well-lit area where there are people around, and never leave valuables in plain view.
5. When you park your car, turn the wheels toward the curb or the edge of the driveway to make it harder to tow it from the rear.
6. Never leave your unattended car running, even with the doors locked, no matter whether you’re warming it up in the driveway or making a quick stop at the store. It only takes a second to smash a window and drive away.

(1) Visit onstar.com for compatible vehicles, coverage map, details and system limitations. OnStar acts as a link to existing emergency service providers. Services vary with conditions.

What do you do to help stop a car thief from stealing your car? Let us know in the comments below.