I recently read an article about a stolen Cadillac Escalade that was “stretched” into a limousine and resold. This got me thinking about car theft and how conventional vehicle theft has been taken to new levels with recent technological developments.
According to the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reports, 1.09 million motor vehicles were reported stolen in 2007. While auto theft has decreased between 2004 and 2007, it still means that every 28.8 seconds, a vehicle is stolen in the United States.
One of the biggest misconceptions about auto theft is where they occur. Did you know more than 33% of all vehicle thefts occur near the car owner’s residence and around 20% of thefts occur in parking lots? Do these numbers have you worried?
Well, you should be vigilant in securing your car and luckily there are many preventive measures you can take to keep you car safe.
Here are 10 things you can do to help protect your car from theft:
If your car is stolen, the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) recommends you give the following information to the police: