Summer Months Are Hot For Vehicle Thefts
July and August are the top months for vehicle theft, according to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA). There were nearly 700,000 motor vehicles reported stolen in 2013, that’s a vehicle stolen every 45 seconds and most of those aren’t recovered. The loss is estimated to cost $4.1 billion.
NHTSA wants drivers to become more diligent about keeping their vehicles safe. The department reports that about half of those vehicle thefts are due to driver error, like leaving your keys in the vehicle, leaving the windows and car doors open, leaving valuables where they can be seen and leaving the vehicle running. It suggests avoiding these errors while protecting your vehicle with an anti-theft system or device. These can include audible and visible devices, immobilizing-type devices and vehicle recovery systems.
What you drive could increase the chance of theft.
The top 10 vehicles stolen in 2012 were:
- Mercedes-Benz CL-Class
- Mitsubishi Eclipse
- Mazda 6
- Dodge Charger
- Nissan Infiniti FX35 / FX50
- Dodge Avenger
- Chrysler 300
- Chevrolet Impala
- Mitsubishi Galant
- Chevrolet Captiva
Beyond the theft of entire vehicles, NHTSA reports that many thieves target parts, both OE and aftermarket upgrades. These parts include radios, wheel covers, GPS units and even engines, transmissions and air bags.
Depending on where you live, theft of your vehicle could be more likely. NHTSA also reported as to where the most thefts occur.
The top 10 states for vehicle theft (in 2012) were:
- New York
- New Jersey
- North Carolina