National Vehicle Theft Protection Month kicks off

by Cornelius Nunev

More automobiles are taken during July and August than at any time of the year, claims an infographic made by LoJack. The hassle is part of the sixth yearly National Vehicle Theft Protection Month.

Awareness month

The International Association of Car Theft Investigators and LoJack, a producer of security equipment that is after-market, are those who are working hard on the awareness effort.

Car theft stats

LoJack's inforgraphic stats are pretty nerve-racking. They are:

1. Auto thieves cost the nation around $4.5 billion a year. 2. In 2010, there was only an average of 42.8 seconds between vehicle thefts in the U.S. That's a total of 737,000 for the year. 3. The most stolen cars are ordinary ones like the Honda Accord, the Honda Civic and the Toyota Camry. However, 10 percent of all Corvettes made between 1981 and 2011 have been stolen. 4. Christmas Day is the holiday with the most auto thefts.

All from one significant study

Between April and May of 2012, there were 4,500 vehicle owners in four major cities surveyed by LoJack. About sixty-eight percent said they were willing to leave their vehicle while running unattended or leave the vehicle parked and unlocked. Those are bad practices for preventing theft. About 80 percent said they stress about car theft, but only about a third actually did anything to prevent car theft from occurring.

Relating to identity fraud

A 3rd of those in the study said that they have left essential personal information in plain sight in automobiles before, including electronic devices. About 64 percent said they have their home address programed into the vehicle's GPS unit, which makes it easier to find a home to rob. Car theft and identity theft are certainly linked.

Protect yourself from theft

The FBI explained that in 2011, the number of car thefts dropped. Still, there are things you can do to guard yourself from car theft.

The LoJack infographic lists numerous "common sense" rules that motorists would do well to follow on a daily basis:

"Never leave keys in the vehicle with the engine running. Don't hide a spare key in the vehicle. Close all windows and lock all doors when leaving your vehicle. Park in a well-lit area and, when at home, keep your vehicle in the garage. Don't leave valuables visible in your car, particularly those items that include information on your identity."

Consumers are encouraged by the business to purchase its product that prevents theft and has recovery tracking systems in them.

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