Secure Your Car! July is National Vehicle Theft Prevention Month

Secure Your Car! July is National Vehicle Theft Prevention Month

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Contact: Ann Armstrong
Arizona Automobile Theft Authority
Phone: 602 364-2892


The Arizona Auto Theft Authority and NHTSA Reminds the Public to Secure Your Car During July’s National Vehicle Theft Prevention Month

In 2015, nearly a quarter 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 (NHTSA) is continuing its annual Vehicle Theft Prevention Campaign during July, which is National Vehicle Theft Prevention Month.

In 2015, Arizona ranked tenth (10th) in stolen vehicles, with a total of 17,764 vehicles stolen, according to the Arizona Department of Public Safety. This equates to roughly 255 stolen cars for every 100,000 people.

Vehicle theft is serious business.

  • Nationally, passenger cars make up about 75 percent of all stolen vehicles.
  • About 42 percent of all stolen vehicles are never recovered.
  • About 707,758 vehicles were stolen in 2015. The nationwide rate of motor vehicle thefts was 220 per 100,000 people.
  • A vehicle is stolen about every 45 seconds in the United States.

Here are ways you can help prevent vehicle theft:

  • Always lock your car, close all windows and take the keys/fobs with you.
  • Never leave your car running unattended, even for a minute.
  • Secure all valuables in the trunk or hidden from view.
  • Park in well-lit areas, away from dumpsters or large vehicles that can serve as hiding places for thieves or carjackers.
  • Don’t keep a spare set of keys in the car.
  • Be aware of your surroundings and report suspicious behavior. If you see something, say something.