there were nearly 700,000 motor vehicles reported stolen in the United
States—that’s a vehicle stolen every 45 seconds. Nearly 45 percent of these
vehicles are never recovered. The estimated total value of vehicles stolen
nationwide is approximately $4.1 billion.
Compounding this problem is the escalating cost of new vehicles and the
high cost of vehicle repair. It is not
uncommon for a vehicle that is recovered to need thousands of dollars in
repairs due to abuse or being involved in a crash.
of vehicle theft is due to driver error, such as leaving your keys in the
vehicle. Use common sense when you park by:
taking your keys and not leaving them in or on your vehicle
windows and locking doors
- Parking in
leaving valuables in your vehicle, especially where they can be seen
leaving the area while your vehicle is running
vehicles are also major targets for theft, ranging from small items like tools
and equipment to major cargo theft. Many of the same deterrents for personal
use vehicles can also protect fleet. However, special consideration should be
made for protecting fleet items that can include security dash lights, steering
wheel locks and window static decals indicating an anti-theft device.
several different types of antitheft systems and devices designed to make
vehicles more difficult to steal or easier to trace and recover. Here’s how
some of them work:
Audible and visible prevention systems
deter theft by bringing attention to an unauthorized attempt to steal or enter
your vehicle, such as a horn alarm. Visible devices create a visual
threat/warning/deterrence, such as the use of steering-wheel locks—as well as
theft-deterrent decals, flashing lights, and window etching.
Kill switch devices prevent thieves
from bypassing your vehicle’s ignition system and hot‑wiring the
vehicle. Some incorporate computer chips in ignition keys or disable the flow
of electricity or fuel to the engine.
Telematics systems use electronic
transmission technology that helps law enforcement reveal the location of
stolen vehicles—and possibly catch thieves in action.
Top Ten States for Vehicle Theft (MY 2012
vehicles stolen in CY 2012)
| 1. California||6. Illinois |
| 2. Florida||7. New Jersey |
| 3. Texas||8. North Carolina |
| 4. New York||9. Ohio |
| 5. Georgia||10. Nevada |
If you find
yourself in the unfortunate situation where your vehicle has been stolen,
follow these steps:
police immediately to file a stolen-vehicle report.
In the case
of interstate theft of commercial vehicles, contact the FBI and if a member of
a vehicle cargo theft prevention agency such as CargoNet.
You need to
provide the following information:
plate number; make, model and color of car; and VIN and any identifying
car thieves outsmart you. Common sense vehicle protection measures can make a
world of difference for you and your fleet operation. Read Leading Insights to Reduce Cargo Theft to
learn more about keeping thieves at bay and containing your costs.
HUB Transportation expert to discuss safety measures for fleet.
data: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration