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Is Your Vehicle A Target For Theft?


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Every 23 seconds, a vehicle is stolen in the United States. Did you know that over 700 were stolen in St. Charles County last year alone? A third are never recovered, and many owners who get their cars back wish they hadn't, since many are stripped or extensively vandalized.


What's the best way to protect your vehicle? The National Insurance Crime Bureau recommends that you take precautions based on your own risk. The bureau developed the following quiz to help you determine your vehicle's vulnerability. Your total score will help you decide how much protection you really need. A more detailed quiz can be found at www.nicb.org on the Web.


What's your city's population?

More than 250,000 - 8 points

100,000 - 250,000 - 6 points

50,000 - 100,000 - 4 points

10,000 - 50,000 - 2 points

Less than 10,000 - 0 points


How old is your vehicle?

0-5 years - 2 points

6-9 years - 1 point

10+ years - 0 points


What type of vehicle do you drive?

Sports car - 5 points

Luxury car - 4 points

Sport-utility vehicle - 4 points

Sedan - 3 points

Station Wagon - 0 points


4) Add one bonus point if you live within a few hours of an international port or border (like Canada or Mexico).



If you scored 0 to 6 points: Use common sense. Take your keys out of the ignition, lock your car and park in a well lit area.

If you scored 7 to 10 points: Invest in a car alarm or other warning device. Let thieves know the car is protected with steering wheel locks, theft deterrent decals and window etching.

If you scored 11 to 13 points: Use immobilizing devices that disable the ignition system, such as a security system with a "starter kill" feature. Many cars now have anti-theft systems that disable the ignition unless the correct key is used. If your vehicle doesn't have this feature, add-on systems are available.

If you scored 14 to 16 points: Consider a tracking device. These devices leave an electronic trail for police. Add on systems (such as LoJack) are available in the aftermarket. GM models equipped with the OnStar system can all be tracked.