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July is Vehicle Theft Prevention Month-Make Sure you Don’t Become a Victim

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With summer travels underway and more people out on the roadways, it’s no surprise that July is Vehicle Theft Prevention Month. According to AAA statistics, in the U.S. a car is stolen every 39 seconds and passenger cars make up 74% of cars stolen. Unfortunately, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports only about 56% of all stolen vehicles are ever recovered.

While the Idaho State Police Bureau of Criminal Identification reported motor vehicle theft has increased by more than 15.5% between 2019 and 2020, there are some things you can do to help prevent becoming a victim of automobile theft. Many insurance companies and safety organizations recommend you:

  • Make sure you’ve removed your keys and your car is locked
  • Park in well-lit areas
  • Don’t keep a spare key in your vehicle
  • Install a tracking device and anti-theft system
  • Keep your valuables out of sight
  • Never leave your car running unattended
  • Pay attention to where you are parking
  • Try to avoid higher-crime areas when possible