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Commissioner of Insurance Jim Donelon reported today that the number of vehicle thefts in
"We are pleased that we continue to see progress since, in addition to the trauma such instances inflict on vehicle owners, motor vehicle theft is one of several factors considered by insurance companies when setting our auto insurance premiums," said Commissioner Donelon. "Proactive law enforcement strategies, coupled with the effective use of anti-theft technology such as license plate readers and alarm systems, plus increased public awareness about vehicle theft are really paying off through this significant reduction in crime."
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"While the number of auto thefts in
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The public awareness campaign includes billboards and radio ads from November to January. "We want to get the word out to consumers - especially around the busy holiday shopping season - do not leave valuables in your car and remember to always lock your car doors when leaving your vehicle," added Donelon. "These are simple measures you can take to avoid becoming a victim of theft."
The billboards and radio campaign will begin running next week and can be accessed via the LDI website here: www.ldi.state.la.us/Legal_Services/LATIFPA/awareness.html
Commissioner Donelon and LATIFPA are offering motorists the following additional tips for vehicle crime prevention:
Remove your keys from the ignition upon leaving the vehicle and never leave your car's engine running unattended, not even in your driveway or for a quick errand.
Close your windows completely.
Park in well-lit lots and garages that have security and/or parking lot attendants. Avoid parking near dumpsters, large vans or trucks, woods, or anything else that limits your visibility.
Never hide a second set of keys anywhere on your car. Thieves know where all of the "hiding places" are.
Don't park in the farthest corner of the lot, but rather near the entrance of a facility to insure the most foot traffic and the most potential witnesses.
Park with the wheels turned toward the curb, even when parking in driveways and parking lots. This makes your vehicle difficult to tow.
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