By taking a few basic precautions, you can reduce your chances of being a victim of such an unfortunate event. On average, theft increases car insurance premiums by 10%. By helping to prevent theft, you will help prevent premium increases for yourself and other drivers.

  • Never leave a package visible in your car. Any item that could pique the interest of a thief should be kept out of sight. We recommend hiding your mp3 player, laptop and any other valuables in your glove compartment or in the trunk.
  • Never leave your car doors or windows unlocked, even if you're just leaving your car to pay for your gas. You'd be surprised how quick thieves can be!
  • Never leave your car running unsupervised.
  • We recommend that you turn the wheels of your car when you park it. It's also a good idea to enable the parking brake. These precautions will make it more difficult for thieves to tow your car.
  • Never hide an extra key in a magnetic box under your car. This is an open invitation to thieves!
  • Choose a safe, well-lit place to park your car.
  • Never leave your registration certificate and proof of insurance in the car. This is all a thief needs to pass him/herself off as the legitimate owner.
  • Opt for additional anti-theft devices such as parts marking, a tracking device or a basic steering wheel lock. While the latter won't stop a professional, it may be enough to discourage amateur thieves.
  • Consult the Top 10 stolen cars list before choosing your next car.


Source: Groupement des Assureurs Automobile