According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the majority of auto thefts could have been prevented if the vehicle's owners had taken proper precautions. Having your car stolen is no laughing matter, so be smart and follow these tips for protecting your ride:

  • Never leave your keys in your vehicle.
  • Never leave your vehicle running unattended.
  • Lock your car doors both while parked and while driving.
  • Install an alarm system on your vehicle if it is not already equipped with one.
  • Park in well-lit areas, and always remain aware of your surroundings.
  • Never leave valuables in your car.
  • Close all windows and the sunroof when you get out of your car.

Here at MINI of Charleston, we know your vehicle is important to you, and we encourage you to take every precaution to prevent car theft. If you ever find yourself the victim of a car theft, notify the police immediately. Then notify your car insurance company within 24 hours.


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