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Autotheft-book _Part1.jpgPut the Brakes on Vehicle Theft

If you're like most of us, you want to protect those you love and the things you care about. Because your car plays such a vital role in your life, an auto thief can rob you of much more
than just a vehicle.

Having your car stolen can mean missing work, school, or important appointments - even losing income.Without proper protection, your car - as well as your daily routine - is at risk.
With vehicle theft on the rise, protecting your property is now more critical than ever.


That's the bad news. The good news is that there is something you can do to keep your car safe. There are many misconceptions about who auto thieves are and what it really takes to protect your vehicle. A little knowledge can go a long way to ensuring that your vehicle remains just that - your vehicle - safe, secure, and in your hands.

COMMON SENSE rules to avoid auto theft:

  • Store your valuables.
  • Lock your doors.
  • Park in a lighted area.

Who steals vehicles? Why?

Vehicle theft is no longer a crime committed just by teenagers out for a joy ride. It's big business run by organized crime rings to make a huge profit at your expense.


About half of all stolen vehicles are used to commit another crime or are driven - often recklessly - for simple purposes of transportation (this is called 'destination theft'). In these cases, the thieves are usually amateurs who take advantage of owner negligence by grabbing the first vehicle they can find that's been left unsecured.


In the other half of cases, vehicles are stolen by professional thieves involved in organized crime rings.

Some theft rings steal vehicles to order.That is, a specific make and model of vehicle is scouted and stolen,then often resold at an incredibly low price. The new owner is typically in for a rude surprise, because the ring will often steal the vehicle back and resell it to someone else,or the vehicle will be seized by police.

"Chop shops" strip stolen vehicles and sell off components, often to legitimate businesses that are unaware the parts are stolen.This is a big business that accounts for millions of dollars a year in profits for criminals.

Theft rings under the control of organized crime frequently export stolen vehicles for sake overseas. The huge profits from this activity are used to finance other criminal activities, including drug trafficking, money laundering and terrorism. 

10 Ways to Reduce Auto Theft:

  1. Never leave your vehicle running unattended.
  2. Lock all doors.
  3. Remove all valuables.
  4. Completely close all the windows.
  5. Park in well lit locations. Avoid isolated areas.
  6. Install an alarm switch with a kill switch.
  7. Install a steering wheel locking device.
  8. Install a locking fuel cap.
  9. Install a vehicle tracking system.
  10. Install an ignition or fuel kill switch.

Resources:

Autotheft Booklet