The National Insurance Crime Bureau says a car is stolen every 45 seconds in the US. In 2007 metro Phoenix was one of the top car theft areas in the country. As of 2018 we’d dropped to 94th, a great improvement, but thousands of cars and trucks are still stolen every year in the greater Phoenix area.
Here are some helpful pointers, and links to good articles at the bottom:
- Always lock the car, even if parking for a brief period.
- Leaving windows open even an inch makes it much, much easier to get into the vehicle.
- Extra keys inside a car are often found because thieves know the typical hiding spots.
- Alarms take time to disarm, so thieves try to avoid cars that have them.
- Thieves also try to avoid vehicles parked in open, well-lit areas.
- Hondas, Toyotas, and full-size pickups are the most stolen vehicles.
From an ABC News article:
Former car thief Steve Fuller was… convicted six times for stealing cars. Hundreds of other times, Fuller said, he was able to successfully get away with it. So now, in an effort to try to make up for some of the damage he did, Fuller agreed to give up the “trade secrets,” what car thieves know that we don’t. His tips could deter thieves and keep your car safe.
While some advice might seem obvious, such as not leaving your car running with the keys in the ignition, Fuller revealed what most car owners don’t know, but car thieves do. By knowing what car owners don’t, thieves can often boost a car in less than 10 seconds.