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HEAT® Safety Tips

What You Can Do To Help Eliminate Auto Theft:

  • Lock your car – half of all vehicles stolen are left unlocked.
  • Take your keys – nearly 20% of all vehicles stolen have keys in them.
  • Park in well-lighted areas - car theft occurs at night more than half the time.
  • Park in attended lots – car thieves don’t like witnesses.
  • Don’t leave valuables in plain view – they may invite thieves to break into your car.
  • Completely close your windows – don’t make it easy to gain access to your car.
  • Don’t hide a spare set of keys in the car – the pros know where to look.
  • Don’t keep your registration in your glove compartment. Thieves have just what they need if they steal your car. Keep it in your wallet

MAKE IT HARDER ON THE THIEF

  • Park with your wheels turned toward the curb.
  • If your vehicle has rear–wheel drive, back into your driveway – rear wheels lock on rear–wheel drive vehicles, making them tough to tow. Front- wheel drive vehicles should be parked front end first.
  • Always use your emergency brake when parking.
  • If you have a garage, use it; and when you do, lock both the vehicle and the garage door.
  • If your vehicle is going to be unattended for a long period of time, disable it; for example, remove the ignition fuse or coil wire.
USE VISIBLE OR AUDIBLE DETERRENTS  
Remember, when you leave your car, set your theft-deterrent device!

Any of the following devices can be installed to help protect your car:

  • Audible alarms, steering column collars
  • Steering wheel locks, theft deterrent decals
  • Tire Locks, Etching
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VEHICLE IMMOBILIZERS

These devices prevent thieves from bypassing your ignition and hot-wiring your vehicle. Some use computer chips in ignition keys, while other inhibit the flow of electricity or fuel until you hit a hidden switch. Here are a few examples:  smart keys, use cut-offs, kill switches, starter, ignition and fuel disablers

TRACKING SYSTEMS

A vehicle tracking system is a high-tech device designed to be hidden in your automobile. It will emit a signal that the police can monitor if you report a theft. These systems are very effective in helping law enforcement authorities recover stolen vehicles.


REMEMBER, IF YOU HAVE INFORMATION ABOUT AN AUTO THEFT RELATED CRIME,
CALL 1-800-242-HEAT

By protecting your vehicle and being alert, you can be part of the solution,
and you can save money on your insurance premiums.


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"I saw you featured on Fox 2 Detroit recently and decided to report some suspicious activities in the park across from my house and the culprits were caught red-handed stealing my neighbor's car the very next week. Thanks for helping to make Michigan a safer place to live! I will be telling all of my friends!"

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