Combating Auto Theft Season With Awareness

October 8, 2014

More cars are taken during July and August than at any time of the year, claims an infographic made by LoJack. The hassle is part of the sixth yearly National Vehicle Theft Protection Month.

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The International Association of Auto Theft Investigators and LoJack, a maker of security equipment that is after-market, are those who are working hard on the awareness effort.

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Some of the alarming statistics displayed on the LoJack inforgraphic (see connection below) are:

1. Auto thieves cost the nation around $4.5 billion a year. 2. In 2010, there was only an average of 42.8 seconds between vehicle thefts in the U.S. That’s a total of 737,000 for the year. 3. The most stolen cars are ordinary ones like the Honda Accord, the Honda Civic and the Toyota Camry. However, 10 percent of all Corvettes made between 1981 and 2011 have been stolen. 4. Christmas Day is the holiday with the most auto thefts.

Study from LoJack

Between April and May of 2012, there were 4,500 vehicle owners in four major cities surveyed by LoJack. About sixty-eight percent said they were willing to leave their vehicle while running unattended or leave the vehicle parked and unlocked. Those are bad practices for preventing theft. About 80 percent said they worry about car theft, but only about a 3rd actually did anything to prevent car theft from happening.

Associated with identity theft

The study also addressed the link between car theft and identity theft. Just under a 3rd of those surveyed admitted to leaving an electronic device or printed documents containing their personal info in plain sight in an unattended vehicle. A much more worrisome 64 percent copped to having their home address programmed to the vehicle’s GPS machine, which could give burglars access to a motorist’s garage and home.

Vehicle theft prevention

The FBI explained that in 2011, the number of car thefts dropped. Still, there are things you can do to shield yourself from car theft.

The LoJack infographic lists many “common sense” rules that motorists would do well to follow on a regular basis:

“Never leave keys in the vehicle with the engine running. Don’t hide a spare key in the vehicle. Close all windows and lock all doors when leaving your vehicle. Park in a well-lit area and, when at home, keep your vehicle in the garage. Don’t leave valuables visible in your car, particularly those items that include information on your identity.”

The security equipment-maker also recommended motorists use theft prevention devices and recovery tracking systems, much like the kind it sells, one assumes.

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