Have you or someone you know ever had a car stolen? Most likely, if not you personally, someone you know has suffered through this experience because every 44 seconds a car is stolen in the United States. While that statistic may seem overwhelming, it doesn’t mean that car thefts are inevitable. There are many things you can do to prevent your car from being stolen.

Lock Your Car

It sounds simple, but not everyone does it. Locking your car will deter some thieves that just want an easy way in. If they find an unlocked car, it is much easier for them to steal the car without looking suspicious.

Make Sure It Has an Alarm

Car thieves like to work as fast and quiet as possible. An alarm brings attention to the car and prevents potential thieves from working discreetly. Also, you may want to consider purchasing an additional car security system, such as a steering wheel lock, for added safety.

Hide Valuables from Sight

Leaving any belonging in plain view is a welcoming sight for carjackers. Valuables left on seats, such as electronics and wallets, invite thieves to try to break in to your vehicle. Even if you don’t think it’s valuable, thieves who see a shopping bag or even mail won’t hesitate to see what’s inside. That could mean a broken window for you and an unnecessary headache to get it fixed. Keep your car clean so no objects draw the attention of thieves.

Be Smart While Pumping Gas

Thieves wait at gas stations for unsuspecting people to leave their car unattended while paying for and pumping gas, so lock your doors before leaving your car. Although you think you’ll only be away from your car for a moment, that is still enough time for a thief to go through the belongings in your car. Also, make sure to keep your keys with you at all times to stop a quick getaway from happening.

Spread the Word

Remember, car thefts are preventable. Tell your friends and family about these tips so they can avoid any car theft problems, too. Be alert of your surroundings and report any suspicious activity to the police.