Identity Theft (VTR – Vehicle Theft Registration)
How can I protect myself from car theft?
Identity theft is sadly becoming more and more common every day. As we’ve seen in recent years, no one is completely invulnerable to identity theft, from individuals to thriving corporations.
Fortunately, there are precautions you can take to guard your identity. Be very cautious about the websites and places where you give out your social security number, and don’t make a habit of carrying your social security card in your wallet. It’s also wise to change up your passwords so they aren’t easy to guess. Experts recommend choosing passwords that are at least 12 characters long and include numbers, both upper- and lower-case letters, and at least one symbol.
Does Ken Garff provide help?
If your identity is stolen despite your precautions, don’t worry—it isn’t the end of the world. There are many great resources out there to help recover all of your information and minimize any damage done, including Ken Garff’s Autoshield service. Under Autoshield, if your information is ever compromised, a Recovery Advocate will be assigned to you to completely recover all of your information using a plan personalized for you. Your Advocate will give you daily status updates, and once your identity has been restored, he or she will closely monitor your information and credit for the next 12 months.
Autoshield also includes VIN etching, which is a form of vehicle theft registration (VTR) that helps protect against car theft. Most car thieves are looking for the easiest possible cars to steal, and the cars are then sold either in their entirety or for their individual parts. If a thief steals a car with the VIN etched on its windows, they will have to replace each window; if they intend to sell the car’s parts individually, the VIN etchings put everyone involved in the sale at a much higher risk of getting caught. A car with VIN etchings is therefore less likely to be stolen than a car without them. Additionally, if a VIN-etched car is stolen, police have a much better chance at relocating it and returning it to the owner.