Thieves will steal three vehicles before you finish reading this article. And even though your neighborhood feels safe, more than half of the nearly 700,000 cars stolen in 2014 occurred in an area such as a home garage or street.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) warns that the . So after giving your car a good wax down in the summer sun, close and lock all windows and doors and remove or hide any valuables.
Top stolen cars
NHTSA reports that a motor vehicle is stolen every 33 seconds — 689,527 stolen in 2014. According to the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB), the top vehicles stolen in the nation in 2014 were:
Honda Accord (51,290)
Honda Civic (43,936)
Ford Pickup (full size) (28,680)
Chevrolet Pickup (full size) (23,196)
Toyota Camry (14,605)
Dodge Pickup (full size) (11,075)
Dodge Caravan (10,483)
Nissan Altima (9,109)
Acura Integra (6,902)
Nissan Maxima (6,586)
The NICB also lists the top vehicles stolen by state.
Four ways to avoid stolen cars
The NHTSA says you don’t have a great chance of getting your stolen vehicle back — 45 percent are never recovered.
Your best defense is offense:
Don’t leave your keys in your vehicle. When you do, you’re making it way too easy for thieves.
Close and lock all windows and doors when you park — even in summer’s heat. Better to get in a hot car than no car.
Park in well-lit areas or a garage when possible.
Stow valuables, such as bags, purses, cellphones, and other tech accessories, in your vehicles out of plain sight.
Call your local independent insurance company – Pardridge Insurance – 758-4447 if you have any more questions or concerns!
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