* 33 percent of people have left their car running to warm it up or to run a quick errand
* 47 percent of people don't always park in well-lit areas
* 40 percent of people don't hide valuables
* 48 percent of people have left mail, and 26 percent have left a wallet or purse in their vehicle, putting them at risk of identity theft.
What can motorists do to prevent themselves from becoming victims? Common-sense thinking can go a long way. Never leave a spare key in the vehicle. Close and lock all windows and doors. Park in a well-lit area. Don't leave valuables in your vehicle, and never leave the area when your car is running.
Use of a theft-deterrent device adds a layer of protection. Consider a car alarm or a visible device such as a steering wheel lock or window etching.
As an added layer of protection, use a vehicle immobilizer. Install a smart key or fuel cut-off device to make it more difficult for a thief to get your vehicle.
The final layer is to use a stolen vehicle recovery system. Since professional thieves can outsmart most deterrents, these systems help authorities track down and recover your vehicle if it is stolen.
For a free booklet that details the steps that owners can take to protect their vehicle from theft, visit the LoJack Knowledge Center at www.lojack.com/theftfacts, or the National Insurance Crime Bureau's Web site at www.nicb.org and click on "Theft and Fraud Awareness."