By Dan Strumpf, AP Auto Writer
NEW YORK (AP) — Crime spikes in the summer, and car thefts are no exception. July and August are the top months for vehicle theft, according to the National Insurance Crime Bureau. That's no surprise — the weather's nicer and it's easier to leave cars in a driveway than park them in a garage.
Here are some devices and tips to deter would-be thieves.
Lock it up:
Vigilant car owners should invest in at least one device to prevent theft. One of the most common is a steering wheel lock, a bar that is affixed to the wheel and locked into place by the owner. The wheel becomes almost impossible to turn if a thief breaks in.
You can find these devices at any auto parts supply store or on Amazon.com, where prices range from $10 to $75. One of the more popular locks, "The Club," costs $39.99.
For extra security, consider investing in a tire locking devices, such as a boot. These devices, which lock your wheels in place, can be a more troublesome to attach and remove, but make your car much less tempting to thieves. They generally cost more than $100 and can be ordered on Amazon or at parts supply stores.