Every 43 seconds — that’s how often a vehicle is stolen in the U.S. And only about 56 percent of them are recovered.
Nearly half of all thefts are due to driver error, which means you can make a big difference in preventing them. Take these steps to deter thieves from targeting your car:
your keys, close the windows,
and lock the car.
- Never leave your car running unattended.
keep any belongings — especially
valuables — in sight in your vehicle.
- Park in a garage or a well-lit area.
store your registration and title in
- Keep your keys out of sight at home.
an anti-theft device. Visual and audio devices, such as steering wheel
alarm systems, are powerful deterrents. See a variety of other anti-theft systems here.
See more stats and ways to protect your vehicle from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Statistics from the NHTSA.