Do You Know What To Do If Your Car Is Stolen?
According to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s theft rate data, more than 9 million model year 2010 vehicles were produced in calendar year 2010—and 10,568 were stolen. Of those stolen, 8,736 were passenger cars, 1,689 were multipurpose passenger vehicles, and 143 were light-duty trucks.
If you think parking your car at your home is a safe haven, NHTSA suggests you think again. Their data shows your car is no safer there than in a parking lot garage, on a road or in an alley. Thieves are always on the prowl, canvassing these places, and apparently, breaking into homes just to steal vehicle keys is becoming more common. FBI reports show that more than three out of four vehicles are stolen at these locations, and more than one-half of thefts occur in areas where vehicles are parked without attendants.
To make it worse, data from NHTSA shows that only 52 percent of those stolen vehicles are recovered. Below are some steps you should take if your vehicle has been stolen:
• Contact the police immediately to
file a stolen vehicle report. (You may also be asked to provide the following
information: License plate number, make, model and color of car, VIN number and
any identifying characteristics).
• Contact your insurance company as soon as possible to file a claim within 24 hours of when you discovered your vehicle was stolen.
• If you find your vehicle before authorities do, contact the police and your insurance company immediately.
According to SaferCar.gov, the ten states* with the most stolen vehicles are:
1. California (2,124)
2. Florida (1,139)
3. Texas (847)
4. New York (753)
5. Illinois (597)
6. Georgia (528)
7. New Jersey (373)
8. Maryland (331)
9. North Carolina (312)
10. Nevada (294)
*Based on 2010 model year/calendar year data.
For more information about auto theft prevention, visit Safercar.gov/theft.