FBI: Auto Theft on the Rise for the First Time Since 2005

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You better lock your car because if you don’t it might be gone in sixty seconds. There are many real life car thieves out there that profit from stealing your cars, and according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, auto theft is on the rise for the first time since 2005.

July is the top month for auto theft, and throughout this month, LoJack and the International Association of Auto Theft Investigators is collaborating to support National Vehicle Theft Protection Month. They will work on auto theft education to make sure people are educated on it. You can check out their YouTube videos or follow them on Facebook and LinkedIn for more updates.

According to the numbers from 2011, a total of 749,914 vehicles were reported stolen to the National Crime Information Center that year. Some people actually have a little bit of decency because the day with the lowest thefts (still, 1,347) was on Christmas Day, while the day with the highest thefts (a whopping 2,687) was August 1. Take a look at the chart below and see what months were the highest and lowest for auto theft. It is more prevalent in the summer months, so make sure you put up the top when you hit the beach.

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The next chart shows auto theft by the month compared to the daily average.

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Here are some tips that are sure to keep your car safe.

  • Always lock your doors (duh)
  • Park close to the store when you are going shopping.  I know it is hard to get a spot close to the mall, but do your best.  If you cannot find a close spot, try parking under a light.  Cars always get broken into at the mall, but there is a better chance of it not happening to you if your car is in a well-lit area.
  • Keep the top up when you’re not cruising around if you drive a convertible.  Even when it is hot out.  What did we say before?  July is the top month to get your ride jacked.  Keep the top up even at the beach.  People pack the beach all summer long and the parking lot is like a toy store for thieves.
  • Arm your alarm.  This one is a given.  It is a good idea to invest in a decent alarm system if you do not have one.  Viper makes a pretty good one that works with your Smartphone.  You can locate your car by GPS on your phone, and lock it.  This is great especially if you live or work in the city.

So keep in mind where you will park next time you head out.  With a little bit of common sense and education, you can learn how to keep your car yours.