25 Jan Make it tough for thieves
As you might expect, vehicle thefts are once again on the rise. The main vehicles targeted by thieves are SUVs, Jeep-style “4x4s” and newer, luxury pick-ups.
But no matter what type of vehicle you drive, you must not make yourselves the target of thieves – who are now well-established organizations.
Here are some tips to discourage thieves:
- Make sure to always lock the doors (and close the windows and the sunroof).
- Never leave anything in sight in the car and especially not valuable objects, even when the vehicle is parked at home.
- The keys, the insurance certificate and the registrations should never be left in the vehicle.
- Always park in a well-lit area. If not possible, the installation of motion sensor security lighting is highly recommended.
- Why not have the parts of the vehicle marked or install a tracking system to allow the vehicle to be traced.
- Installing an anti-theft security bar on the steering wheel is a winning idea.
“Thieves evolve with technology. So, when it comes to smart keys, it is recommended to keep them away from the front door. Otherwise, thieves may be able to pick up the signal. There are even protective boxes designed to prevent the waves from being read by a decoder,” says David Marcille, spokesperson for CAA-Quebec.
In closing, just imagine all the trouble it would be to find yourselves, overnight, without a vehicle and realize that taking certain precautions to prevent this from happening is a much lesser evil.
Here is the list of the most stolen vehicles in 2022 for Quebec:
10 – Acura RDX, 2019 à 2021
9 – Toyota RAV4, 2013 à 2018
8 – Toyota Tacoma, 2016 à 2021
7 – Honda Accord, 2018 à 2021
6 – Toyota Highlander, 2013 à 2019
5 – Honda Pilot, 2016 à 2021
4 – Jeep Grand Cherokee, 2011 à 2020
3 – Honda Civic, 2016 à 2021
2 – Ford F-150, 2015 à 2020
1 – Honda CR-V, 2016 à 2021
Jackie Beaudoin, Leclerc Insurance and Financial Services
Sources : Journal L’Express (01-12-22), Journal L’Express(14-12-22) , Le guide de l’auto