Defense Against Crime

01/07/2016

Lots of Cars are Stolen in July and August

Filed under: Self Defense Infomation — peppereyes @ 8:55 AM

062411_0047_Wheredidmyc1.jpgDuring the summer month as we go on vacation, sometime it seems that our minds go on vacation too. Sometime, we leave the care running while we run into the store. Some people think just because their valuables are inside of a locked car (in plain sight) that they are safe. It simply isn’t true.  Just ask entertainer  David and Tamela Mann who recently shared in a Facebook video k that they were recently victims of theft after their rental car was broken into and stolen, along with their personal ID’s, passports, jewelry, bags and David’s laptop.

July is Vehicle Theft Prevention Month in the United States, when more cars are stolen than any other month.  Vehicle theft is a very expensive crime, with the cost of stolen vehicles pegged at more than $4.1 billion.

According to the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reports, 1.09 million motor vehicles were reported stolen in 2007. While auto theft has decreased between 2004 and 2007, it still means that every 28.8 seconds, a vehicle is stolen in the United States. Could yours be next?

If you think your car is less likely to be stolen while you are at home, think again! One of the biggest delusions about auto theft is where they occur. Did you know more than 33% of all vehicle thefts occur near the car owner’s residence and around 20% of thefts occur in parking lots? Ouch

Just like with any security, there are many countermeasures you can initiate to reduce your chances of being a auto theft victim.

Here are 10 things you can do to help reduce your chances of being the next car theft victim:

  • Don’t leave your car unlocked. While some cars automatically locked a few minutes after you turn off the ignition, still lock the care yourself.
  • Never leave your car running, especially while it is unattended or unlocked
  • Do not leave a spare key near your vehicle. Yes thieves know about those magnetic key holders over the wheel weld.
  • Never leave your windows open – Thieves have tools too. Especially during the summer months of July and August when it is scorching hot, don’t leave your windows open or slightly cracked when you are not in the vehicle.  You can reduce the heat by getting one of those reflective windows covers.
  • Park in well-lit, public areas – Avoid parking in areas that are poorly lit or places that are not immediately seen by the public. This will not only keep you safe when you are leaving or approaching your car, it will also help keep your car safe because thieves almost always to avoid areas that are highly visible.
  • Install an audible alarm system and a visible anti-theft device. The Club STILL works…and is a big deterrent. – Would be car thieves tend to avoid cars with alarms or anti-theft devices because they attract attention when they go off. These devices are well worth the investment.
  • Consider installing a vehicle immobilizer system – Thieves can bypass your ignition by “hotwiring” your car. You can prevent this by using a vehicle mobilizer system such as fuel cut-offs and smart keys. You can do an internet search for these.
  • Also consider installing a GPS tracking system -If your car is stolen, this tracking system will emit a signal to the police of your vehicle’s location. This may help the police recover your vehicle faster and may minimize the damage to your car. This may be a good investment if you live in an area with high auto theft rates or have one of the top stolen cars.
  • NEVER EVER leave valuable personal property in your car – The best way to attract a thief is to leave your purse, Cell phone, laptop, Tablet, a pile of cash or another high-value item in a highly visible area of your car. If you must put something of value in your car, keep it in the trunk or under the seats, where it is not visible to others.
  • Use Common Sense – If you have a ‘feeling’ for the safety of your car or see someone suspicious loitering around the parking lot, it’s best to park somewhere else. It’s better to walk a few extra steps than to have your car stolen because you ignored your God given instincts.
  • Know your car – If your car is stolen, the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) recommends you give the following information to the police:
    • The year, make, model and color of the car and the license plate number
    • Approximate time the car was stolen
    • Description of anyone you saw loitering around your car before it was stolen
    • Names of witnesses

 

See Also

July is Vehicle Theft Prevention Month

Would you leave $500 in your car?

4 Ways To Prevent Your Car From Being Stolen

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