Did you know that a motor vehicle is stolen every 44 seconds in the U.S.? Only about 50% of vehicles stolen are recovered. The two top months for vehicle thefts are July and August. It is not only high price vehicles being stolen, in fact Chevrolets, Dodges and Mitsubishis are some of the most common automobiles stolen.
If you do the following you can increase the possibility by 40 to 50% that your vehicle will NOT be stolen:
- Never leave valuables in your vehicle, and especially in sight.
- Use common sense when parking and exiting your vehicle.
- Take your key; don’t leave it in or on your vehicle.
- Close and lock all windows and doors when you park.
- Park in well-lit areas – in a garage, if possible.
Radios and wheel covers aren’t the only popular stolen vehicle parts thieves take. They want whatever sells, from labeled parts to those that aren’t. Among some of the most popular parts or items are: engine, transmission, air bags, radios, GPS units, iPods, laptops, and purses.
Since the 1980’s vehicle theft has been reduced by 56%. Some of the things insurance companies have done to reduce the number of vehicles stolen.
- Educating and rewarding owners for protecting their vehicles. Nearly 15 million vehicle owners received a discount for taking steps to prevent theft
- Collecting and sharing data on stolen vehicles with law enforcement
- Investigating suspicious claims
- Providing free VIN etching on vehicle parts
- Providing “bait” vehicles to local law enforcement
The automakers are adding many types of anti-theft devices such as:
- Immobilizers (e.g. starter cut-off switch,
- Fuel cut-off system)
- Steering column shield
- Window ID system
- Vehicle recovery system
- Brake locks
- Transmission lock
- Anti-hot-wiring circuit
The partnership of vehicle owners, law enforcement, automakers and insurance companies is necessary to reduce the cost of vehicle theft to our economy. Are you doing your part?
We hope that these tips from Davis Body Shop assist you!! Drop by or simply ring us…. our numbers are: Atascadero (805) 466-2446 or Paso Robles (805) 239-8752. Stay in touch with us on Facebook or Twitter and stay connected!