Tips to Keep Your Car From Being Stolen
Of course, nobody expects their vehicle to get stolen. You might live in a nice neighborhood, but these types of things do happen. In fact, according to Mazda, a vehicle is stolen every 26 seconds in the U.S., which comes out to roughly 3,323 vehicles stolen in every 24-hour day. Don’t take a chance. Read our tips to keep your car from being stolen and be safe out there on the road.
How to Protect Yourself From Vehicle Theft
- Lock your doors: This may seem like an obvious one but it’s surprising how many people don’t do it. Even if you’ll be away from your vehicle for a short bit, lock them just in case.
- Never keep the keys in your car: Just don’t do it.
- Keep it in the garage: If you have garage space available, keep the car in there. It’s much harder to break into a garage and then a car, than it is to just break into a car sitting on the street.
- Keep valuables out of sight: If your car is ice cream to a thief, then your car with valuables in easy view is like ice cream topped with a cherry, whip cream, sprinkles and maybe some hot fudge. If they have a choice between braking into a car with some old fast food wrappers in the front seat or a smartphone, chances are they’ll take the one with the expensive smartphone.
- Park your car in the light: At night, parking your vehicle under a street light or lamp post could act as a deterrent.
- Get a vehicle ID code etched into the glass: These types of codes can help make your vehicle traceable by police and deter skilled car thieves. Something like Mazda’s Vehicle Theft Protection should do the trick.
What is Mazda Vehicle Theft Protection?
The Mazda Vehicle Theft Protection program uses that window etching process to engrave an identification code into each of the vehicle’s windows. The program also does more by offering coverage if the thief still decides to steal your vehicle with the etched-in code.
- Up to $3,000 for an unrecovered vehicle or a recovered vehicle considered a total loss by your insurance company.
- $2000 toward a replacement vehicle to be purchased from the dealership that sold you the policy.
- Payment equal to your insurance deductible (maximum $1,000) for repairs should your vehicle be recovered within 30 days and your insurance company consider the vehicle repairable.
Additional benefits may include trip interruption benefits, a rental allowance and identity theft recovery assistance. Now, armed with all this information, be sure to utilize our tips to keep your car from being stolen or contact us with any questions about Mazda Extended Confidence coverage.