Don’t make your vehicle a target – GEICO offers tips on how to prevent auto theft

WASHINGTON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Imagine parking your car only to return later and discover it had been
stolen. This is a situation nobody wishes to experience and GEICO would
like to help you prevent it from happening.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA),
about half of vehicle thefts are a result of driver error. GEICO
encourages you to take proper precautions to make your vehicle less of a
target using the following tips:


Be mindful of where you park your vehicle – observe your
surroundings before parking. Choose an area that is well lit. When
available, park in a supervised lot or covered garage. It may cost
you a few extra bucks, but the added protection and peace of mind
it offers is well worth it.


Secure your vehicle – remove keys, close all windows, lock
doors and activate car alarm when exiting your vehicle. Never
leave your car running and unattended.


Don’t leave any items in plain view – remove shopping bags,
electronics, GPS devices and accessories, and other valuables that
may entice a thief. Store items in the trunk when away from your


Take advantage of anti-theft features – use car-disabling
locks and tracking systems. If your car did not come pre-equip
with such features, consider installing them for added protection.


Don’t store vehicle title in the car – if a thief can
produce a valid auto registration it can make it easier for them
to get away with the crime. Keep important car documents in your
wallet or in a secret location in the car that only the owners

In the event that your car is stolen, immediately call the police. Once
a police report has been filed, contact your auto insurer to place a

Visit GEICO’s
Information Center
for more information on preventing auto theft.

Using GEICO’s online
service center
, policyholders can purchase policies, make policy
changes, report claims and print insurance ID cards. Policyholders can
also connect to GEICO through the GEICO
, reach a representative over
the phone
or visit a GEICO
local agent


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