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12 Mistakes That Make Your Car Vulnerable to Break-Ins

It’s no secret that Americans practically live in their cars, treating them as a home away from home. But cars are typically much easier to break into than the average home, resulting in an estimated 773,139 motor vehicle thefts nationwide in 2017 and some $6 billion in losses, according to the FBI’s Uniform Crime Data report. Motor vehicle theft continues to rise—in fact, from 2013 to 2017 the number of thefts rose 10 percent. Fortunately, preventing car break-ins is mostly matter of taking simple precautions that make your vehicle a less tempting target. Here are just a few measures you can implement to keep your car and belongings safe from thieves.

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How To: Remove Bumper Stickers

Try to banish an outdated decal the wrong way and you could damage your vehicle’s finish. So put down that razor blade and employ these safe, simple techniques for ridding your ride of stubborn adhesive.

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10 Ways to Keep Your Car From Getting Stolen

A well-trained thief can break into your car in less than 10 seconds, and it takes only a minute to hot-wire it and drive off. A car is stolen approximately every 41 seconds in the United States, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The good news is that you can make your car much less attractive to thieves by employing some simple safety practices. Read on to learn how to protect yourself and your car.

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