Vehicle Theft Prevention

What Consumers Should Know
Vehicle Theft Prevention Learn How To Protect Your Car
Vehicle Theft Prevention

Learn How To Protect Your Car

Motor vehicles are the primary mode of transportation for most of us, and often an indispensable part of our lives. But what would happen if your vehicle suddenly disappeared?

Reducing Motor Vehicle Theft

In 2015, nearly three-quarters of a million vehicles were stolen in the United States. Vehicle theft is a billion-dollar crime, with the cost of stolen vehicles coming in at more than $5 billion in 2015 alone — up from $4.5 billion in 2014. To help drivers keep their vehicles safe, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is resuming its annual vehicle theft prevention campaign during July — National Vehicle Theft Prevention Month.

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Preventing Vehicle Theft

A motor vehicle is stolen every 45 seconds in the United States

The top 10 stolen vehicles in CY 2015: 

  1. Honda Accord
  2. Honda Civic
  3. Chevrolet Silverado 
  4. Toyota Camry 
  5. Ford F150
  6. Ford Econoline 
  7. Nissan Altima
  8. Ford F250
  9. Toyota Corolla
  10. Chevrolet Impala 

Did You Know?

  • Nearly half of vehicle theft is due to driver error.
  • The top season for vehicle thefts is summer.
  • There were 707,758 vehicles reported stolen in the United States in 2015.
  • Nearly 42 percent of stolen vehicles are never recovered.

Use common sense when parking and exiting your vehicle

  • Take your key; don't leave it in or on your vehicle.
  • Close and lock all windows and doors when you park.
  • Park in well-lit areas, in a garage if possible. 
  • Never leave valuables in your vehicle — especially where they are in sight.

We are all susceptible to vehicle theft

Top 10 States for most vehicles stolen in CY 2015: 

  1. California
  2. Texas
  3. Florida
  4. Washington
  5. Georgia
  6. Illinois
  7. New York
  8. Ohio
  9. Missouri
  10. Arizona 

Thieves want vehicle parts and valuable items, too

Radios and wheel covers aren't the only popular vehicle parts thieves take. They want whatever sells, from the mandated labeled parts to those that aren't. Among some of the most popular parts or items stolen from vehicles are engines, transmissions, air bags, radios, GPS units, phones/iPads, laptops, and purses.

Additional Resources

See NHTSA's Traffic Safety Marketing web site's page on Vehicle Theft Prevention for additional resources.