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Tips for Avoiding Vehicle Vandalism

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    In many cases, vehicle vandalism is a random act. It can occur to anyone. If you’ve purchased comprehensive coverage for your vehicle, you’ll often be reimbursed for nearly any type of vandalism that occurs to your car. Still, submitting a claim is something policy owners may prefer to avoid. So, here are some quick tips to keep your car safe and secure and to decrease its chances of being vandalized:

    Hide valuables: A common reason that vandals break a window or tamper with a door is because they can see valuables in the car. If you must travel with valuables and cannot take them with you, hide them or place them in the trunk of your car.

    Lockup: Of course, a locked car is less likely to experience a break-in or vandalism. Make sure you doors, trunk, windows, and sunroof are all shut and locked. An extra lock on your steering wheel is non-standard for most vehicles, but can serve as an additional deterrent.

    Install an alarm: Similar to locking up, car alarms also make great deterrents to theft and vandalism. In addition, installing an alarm may decrease your car insurance premiums. Contact an AIS representative to see if you qualify.

    Security etchings: Oftentimes, valuable hardware that can not be removed or concealed – such as stereo equipment or electronics – is a target for theft. By etching your car registration number on them, you increase the chances that they’ll be recovered if stolen. If thieves see the etchings, they may leave the hardware alone.

    Park safely: Well-lit, populated places make for safe parking spaces. Look for parking attendants and security cameras for increased safety. When parking at home, make sure to lock your garage.

    This content is offered for educational purposes only and does not represent contractual agreements. The definitions, terms and coverages in a given policy may be different than those suggested here and such policy will be governed by the language contained therein. No warranty or appropriateness for a specific purpose is expressed or implied.