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January 25, 2016
AAA Wisconsin Offers Theft Protection Tips for Motorists
MILWAUKEE, WI. (January 25, 2016) – Law enforcement and city leaders in Milwaukee recently spoke out about the recent rise in automobile thefts and crashes involving stolen vehicles.  AAA Wisconsin is also concerned about these troubling trends, and reminds motorists that there are simple steps they can take to reduce their vulnerability to such crime.
The Milwaukee Police Department reports that half of all vehicles stolen in the city are left unattended while being warmed up.  This is an unnecessary risk, as modern engines do not need extended warm-ups to function properly.  In addition to tempting prospective thieves, this practice is also a drain on fuel. 
“Your vehicle will warm up faster and more efficiently when you drive it,” said Nick Jarmusz, director of public affairs for AAA Wisconsin.  “Unless you have an older vehicle without a fuel injection system, extended warm-ups are simply a waste of fuel and leave you exposed to theft.”
AAA recommends that you give your engine some time to adjust to the cold by avoiding heavy throttle applications for the first few miles.  After that, you can drive normally without any concern for damaging the engine, regardless of the outside temperature. 
Here are some additional tips from AAA to help reduce your risk of auto theft:
  • Park your vehicle in well-lit areas.
  • Keep your doors locked and windows closed.
  • Do not keep spare keys inside the vehicle.
  • Remove valuables and other loose items from view.
  • Consider utilizing a steering wheel lock or installing an audible alarm or other anti-theft device. Some of these may also help reduce your auto insurance premiums.


Nick Jarmusz
phone: 608-828-2495
About The Auto Club Group
The Auto Club Group (ACG) is the second largest AAA club in North America. ACG and its affiliates provide membership, travel, insurance and financial services offerings to approximately 9 million members across 11 states and two U.S. territories including Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Michigan, Nebraska, North Dakota, Tennessee, Wisconsin, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands; most of Illinois and Minnesota; and a portion of Indiana. ACG belongs to the national AAA federation with nearly 55 million members in the United States and Canada and whose mission includes protecting and advancing freedom of mobility and improving traffic safety.

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