The Colorado State Patrol and the Colorado Auto Theft Prevention Authority have put together a helpful webpage with tips on preventing auto theft and vehicle break-ins. They suggest using different “layers” of protection, the simplest layer being practices such as locking doors and closing windows. More advanced layers include theft alarms, steering wheel locks, etc. So how many layers of protection do you need? The site can help you determine this through a link to a “prevention checkup” list from the National Crime Bureau. It helps you determine your risk factors based on what kind of vehicle you have, where you live, etc. The link also gives tips on preventing break-ins; protecting yourself when buying or selling a car; protecting yourself against insurance fraud; and and other crimes to be aware of that stem from auto theft. This is a handy guide that every Colorado driver should become familiar with.