TOLEDO, OH (WTOL) - Every 45 seconds, a vehicle is stolen in the United States.
July is Vehicle Prevention Month, and there's a push to make sure you're not the next victim.
"With it being hot everyone wants to leave their windows down, leave their car unlocked, but that's not such a good idea. Ohio ranked 7 out of 10 in car thefts last year. That's huge to have that many. There's three quarter of a million cars stolen last year in the United States,"said Sandy Wiechman with Safe Communities Wood County.
Wiechman said one of the smartest things you can do is take everything out of your vehicle.
"Always keep your keys. Get everything out of your car. We're used to putting a blanket over something and thinking we're smart. Everyone knows that. So make sure to keep everything out of your car and even out of your trunk because people know how to get into your trunk to get things out of your car," Wiechman said.
Some other ways to stay safe:
- Keep your doors locked, even when you're inside your car
- Shut your windows. If you want to keep your car cool, use a sun visor.
- Always have your keys on your person.
- Wrap your key in foil to prevent electronic theft.
- Install an alarm system. You can even install motion detectors on the outside of your car for extra security.
- Don't leave anything inside your car, especially out in the open where it's visible.
If your car does get broken into, don't touch anything. Call the police and take photos for visual evidence.