7 Ways to Protect Your Vehicle This Christmas Shopping Season

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They’re Making a List, You’re Buying it twice!

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Everyone enjoys a good Christmas tune or two... but after listening to this song, the only jingle you’ll be hearing is the one of your pocket book buying that list of Christmas gifts... again.

Don’t let your vehicle be a target for thieves this Christmas season.

7 Ways to Protect Your Vehicle


1. Park in busy and well-lit areas.

Especially at night or if you plan to return to your car after dark, a thief will be less likely to smash and grab in a well-lit place with lots of foot traffic.

2. Don’t leave a spare key in your vehicle.

Did you know that 60% of vehicles stolen are because the keys are left in the ignition? It is important to know that some insurance companies don't cover stolen vehicles keys were left in the vehicle at the time of the theft.

3. Remove all valuables and personal items.

if you have to leave items in your car be sure to hide your stuff before you reach your destination. Why broadcast to onlookers exactly where to focus their attentions if they want to smash and grab?

4. Park your car trunk out.

If you plan on storing your items in your trunk, keep in plane view for all to see, Don’t allow your car to be a shield for a thief to take what they want.

5. Use a steering lock.

As an extra measure of security sometimes it’s just seeing the steering lock there that will deter thieves from trying to take your car.

6. Get your keys ready ahead of time.

Have your keys in hand before you get to your vehicle so you can enter and lock the doors once you get to your car. You’ll be able to get into your vehicle quick and safely locked inside after you get into your car.

7. Be alert and pay attention.

Don’t allow yourself to be distracted by talking on your cell phone while walking to your car. Don’t make yourself out to be an easy target.


If you're anything like me, you take your time looking for the best deals on gifts for friends and family. The last thing you want to do is borrow someone's car (because yours is out of commission) to go back to the mall to re-buy their Christmas gift.

In the unfortunate event that you do become a victim of theft, don’t forget to:

  • Report the incident to the local police department
  • Call your insurance broker to see what kind of coverage you have


Now if you aren't sure what you are currently covered for and want to discuss your insurance with one of our insurance brokers, please contact us anytime, we would love to have that conversation with you!

Have yourself a wonderful holiday season, stay warm & be safe!


Account manager with First Foundation Commercial Insurance. Things I love: Singing at church. Playing Soccer. Mixed Martial Arts. Dan Wojtowicz (my Husband) & Echo (my Chocolate Lab). Edmonton Alberta.

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