The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has released some data on stolen cars, revealing that only 52 percent of stolen vehicles are recovered.
According to NHTSA, a vehicle is stolen every 44 seconds in the U.S. and the agency’s trend data reveal that July and August are the worst months for vehicle thefts. NHTSA also said over than 40 percent of auto thefts involve mistakes by their owners.
As part of National Vehicle Theft Prevention Month, here are some tips to prevent your car from being stolen. As simple as it sounds, never leave the key it in your vehicle. Keep windows closed, doors locked and park in well-lit areas. Park in your garage if you have one and never leave valuables in a vehicle that can be seen. More importantly, don’t leave the area while your vehicle is running, and protect your it with an anti-theft or immobilizer device.
Act quickly if your car is stolen. Chances of recovering it decrease drastically as time passes.