Monday, July 2, 2012

July: National Theft Prevention Month

July is National Theft Prevention Month and we want to show you some new ways to back up your Hyundai!  Did you know that July is one of the most popular times of the year for Auto Theft?  "According to the National Insurance Crime Bureau in July and August 2008, close to half a million automobiles were stolen and never returned to their owners, this is the highest tally in two decades."
Makes you want to keep reading, huh?

Some very obvious anti-car theft tips are:
  • Lock your doors
  • Roll up your windows
  • Remove keys from the ignition
  • Keep valuables out of sight (or better yet, with you!)
  • Theft prevention devices
Sometimes we forget these obvious things because we have been lulled into a deep sense of safety due to our routine driving habits.  Though this isn't always the case.  Don't forget the basics, and here are a few NEW tips: 
  • Turn your vehicle's wheels all the way to the curb, even if you're in a large lot, this makes your car very difficult to tow (which has become a popular form of theft lately, to export or strip your car of parts).
  • Don't hide a second key on your car.  This is easy for experienced car thieves.
  • Use your emergency brake when parked.
  • Keep registration card and title outside of your car
Blue Link also has some incredible features, "Now, stolen vehicles have a lot better chance of being recovered. In the event a vehicle is reported stolen and a report has been filed with the appropriate police department, the response center can provide assistance to the police in an attempt to locate and recover the vehicle. Stolen Vehicle Slowdown enables law enforcement to gradually reduce the engine power of the vehicle, slowing it down to safe levels. A warning is also transmitted to the driver prior to the slowdown procedure. Stolen Vehicle Immobilization enables law enforcement to send a signal to the vehicle, which immobilizes the engine management system, preventing it from starting." --Blue Link Technology Website.


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