Did you know that, according to the NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) a stolen motor vehicle is reported every 44 seconds in the United States? My car isn’t on the list of the top ten reported stolen vehicles. I don’t know whether I should be relieved or insulted. But the Dodge Charger is number one. I find that interesting, since the police drive them now. Some are even unmarked Chargers in a variety of civilian-looking colors. Dark Blue, Black, White, Red, Burgundy, Silver, Pewter and, of course, good old black and white. The lights are in the front grill or the back tinted window of the car. Now, I’m not a criminal, but if I see a civilian in a charger, no matter the color, I slam on the brakes. It’s just a bad habit. I saw a pink Charger and I locked ‘em up, like a dope. It was probably just Mary K.
40-50% of vehicle theft is due to the driver either leaving their car running, unattended or leaving their keys in the car. If someone steals your car, chances are they are going on a joy ride. With high speed police pursuits, damages and other unimaginable possibilities occurring, insurance may not cover your car damages if the theft is due to your own negligence. You will also get a citation for leaving your keys in your car.
To prevent your car’s picture from showing up on a milk carton, here’s a few useful tips. Never leave your keys in your car. Even when you’re pumping gas. Close and lock all windows and doors when you park. Always park in well-lit areas. Parking garages are even better since they usually have surveillance cameras that are monitored by property security or by towing companies. And never leave valuables in view.
As for theft of outside parts, wheel cover locks and fuel door locks can be purchased at most part supply stores or online. July and August are apparently months that yield more vehicle thefts. So, getting into good theft prevention habits now will have you well prepared.
So, remember…. keys, hide and lock. Those three words can save you a lot of grief and will help to avoid these three words…bus, cab and expense.
Until next week…
Daun Thompson
Writer / Comedienne / Artist
Stolen Motor Vehicle – Comedy Defensive Driving