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5 ways to boost security for cars

Follow these tips to help deter thieves and keep your vehicle safe.

According to the FBI, there were 748,000 vehicle thefts in the U.S. in 2018. That translates into 87 cars stolen each hour: but while the crime is too common, car theft is not inevitable. Follow these tips to put the odds of finding your car where you left it in your favor.

Watch your keys

Thieves may intercept and replicate the signals from your key fob from outside your home. Armed with that code, they could open the car doors and even drive off. Store your keys in an inexpensive key fob pouch, which uses protective material to block the wireless signal.

Secure your Wi-Fi

If your car has a Wi-Fi hotspot, hackers may be able to use it to access your car's electronic controls. Practice the same strong security hygiene you do for your other devices: Choose a difficult-to-guess password and keep your software up to date.

Track your car

Vehicle tracking systems are widely available, and some drivers may track their cars' locations with smartphones and mobile apps. Even a simple window sticker announcing the use of a tracking system may deter would-be thieves.

Invest in an anti-theft device

Car alarms, steering wheel locks and kill switches may be enough to persuade thieves to reconsider. Contact your insurance agent to see whether any anti-theft devices equal a discount on car insurance.

Remember: The basics work, too

While high-tech crime continues to affect your car's security, many thefts are low-tech. Don't neglect the obvious: Never leave your car running unattended, always lock your doors and roll up your windows, and park in heavily populated, well-lit areas (or in a garage when you can). Exercise common sense, and you'll help to greatly increase the likelihood that your car will be exactly where you left it.

The information in this article was obtained from various sources not associated with State Farm® (including State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company and its subsidiaries and affiliates). While we believe it to be reliable and accurate, we do not warrant the accuracy or reliability of the information. State Farm is not responsible for, and does not endorse or approve, either implicitly or explicitly, the content of any third party sites that might be hyperlinked from this page. The information is not intended to replace manuals, instructions or information provided by a manufacturer or the advice of a qualified professional, or to affect coverage under any applicable insurance policy. These suggestions are not a complete list of every loss control measure. State Farm makes no guarantees of results from use of this information.

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