A driver’s worst nightmare is usually traffic, road rage, or increasing gas prices. However, seldom do individuals stop to think about vehicle theft, especially when they are driving for work. Although, the vehicle may not be owned by the employee operating it, all safety precautions should be taken always to protect the employer’s property.
It’s a scary thought, but nearly half of all car thefts occur when drivers fail to take a few simple precautions. In addition, the summer season ranks highest when it comes to the number of cars stolen each month. Considering these facts, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) christened July as National Vehicle Theft Prevention Month.
In 2015, there were nearly 250,000 cars stolen, according to the latest NHTSA report. What’s more, vehicle thefts cost American consumers $5 billion in 2015, up from $4.5 billion in 2014.
Most theft prevention methods are simple. A driver should:
- Always remove valuables from the vehicle or stow items away from plain sight.
- Never leave the keys in a vehicle, or keep the car running without being close by.
- Never keep the vehicle title in a car. If a criminal is able to show the title to police, there is a chance they can get away.
Furthermore, putting the vehicle’s identification number (VIN) on each car window could help a driver who is unfortunate enough to be a victim to car theft. This method may allow police to recognize and retrieve a stolen vehicle.
So, on your route to the coast, campsite, cookout or work, always lock your vehicle and park in a safe, secure, and well-lit area that you know. In addition to these simple pointers, check out more statistics from the NHTSA report below.
Vehicle Theft Is Serious Business
- Passenger cars make up about 75% of all stolen vehicles.
- About 42% of vehicles taken are never recovered.
- The nationwide rate of stolen cars was 220.2 thefts per 100,000 people.
- 707,758 vehicles were filched in 2015.
- A vehicle is stolen about every 45 seconds in the United States.