Auto thefts are on the rise in Michigan. In 2016, Michigan reported 20,477 stolen vehicles and current data indicates that 2017 is on track to potentially surpass those numbers according to The Michigan Automobile Theft Prevention Authority.
In addition to locking your vehicle and taking keys with you, the agency says these precautions could lessen the likelihood of you becoming a victim of auto theft:
- Closing windows when your vehicle is parked
- Avoiding leaving valuables in your vehicle, especially where they can be seen
- Not leaving your vehicle running unattended
- Parking in well-lit areas
- Keeping your vehicle in your garage, if possible
- Keeping exterior house lights on at night
- Installing a car alarm or using a theft deterrent device like a steering wheel lock or gear shift column lock
The agency says drivers should also keep an eye out for suspicious vehicles in their neighborhoods.
They say people purchasing or selling a vehicle on an online sales site should complete the transaction during business hours at a police department or Secretary of State office. THey also suggest people never invite strangers to their homes or meet in non-public places and to inspect the vehicle title closely before purchase and if anything looks odd, postpone the sale.