In 2019, nearly three-quarters of a million vehicles were stolen in the United States – and almost half of those thefts were due to driver error. According to NTHSA, in that same year a motor vehicle was stolen every 43.8 seconds in the United States. Vehicle theft is a multi-billion-dollar crime, with the cost of stolen vehicles coming in at nearly $6 billion in 2019 alone. Seventy-five percent of those vehicles were automobiles.
Additionally, the summer months prove to be the worst season for vehicle theft. July is National Vehicle Theft Prevention month and AAA is sharing some tips to help keep your vehicle safe and secure.
- You can prevent many thefts by moving valuable items out of view or removing them from the vehicle altogether.
- You can also deter thieves by using visible deterrents on your car, like brake pedal locks or audible alarm systems.
- Immobilization devices can help prevent thieves from hotwiring your car.
- AAA also suggests that putting a tracking device on your car can help authorities locate it if it is stolen.