Secure Your Vehicle to Avoid Theft
Every 44 seconds a motor vehicle is stolen in the United States according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Agency trend data shows that July and August are the worst months for vehicle thefts, but if consumers follow a few simple steps, they can help avoid thefts and increase the chance that vehicles are recovered.
More than 40 percent of motor vehicle theft incidents involve mistakes by drivers. To help protect your vehicle and personal belongings from being stolen, the agency is offering the following advice as part of National Vehicle Theft Prevention Month:
- Always take your key, don’t leave it in or on your vehicle.
- Always close and lock all windows and doors when you park.
- Park in well-lit areas.
- Always keep your vehicle in your garage, if possible.
- Never, ever leave valuables in your vehicle, especially where they can be seen.
- Never, ever leave the area while your vehicle is running.
- Protect your vehicle with an antitheft/immobilizer device.
Radios and wheel covers aren’t the only popular stolen vehicle parts thieves take. They want whatever sells, from the mandated labeled parts to those that aren’t. Among some of the most popular parts or items left in vehicles are: engine, transmission, air bags, radios, GPS units, iPods, laptops, and purses.