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A car is stolen every 33 seconds throughout the U.S.

Posted in Crime Prevention May 25th, 2010 @ 12:50 pm

With the summer months ahead, car thieves are gearing up to steal your car . Did you know that a car is stolen every 33 seconds throughout the U.S.? During the summer, more people are traveling or even leaving their garage doors open all day. This is the perfect opportunity for thieves to steal your car.

The most experienced thieves can get into a car in just seven seconds and most only need a screwdriver to break into a car. During the summer months is when car thieves target cars mostly for their parts. For example, catalytic converters and other material with precious metals on cars are stripped and sold for cash on the black market. A single headlight fixture goes for $150 on the black market and a complete bumper in like new condition off a Toyota or Avalon can go for $500 to $550.

This means it costs you hundreds of millions of dollars in annual insurance premiums. In addition, a car is usually worth one and a half to two times what it’s worth in pieces. As a result, your stolen car is more valuable for a thief to come and steal the parts and sell them than it is for them to steal the car and then try to sell the car.

The most commonly targeted vehicles are Hondas, Toyotas and Acuras. They are the most popular car models on the road and have higher quality parts than comparable American cars.

To avoid a break-in, always lock your car, leave the windows rolled up and valuables stowed out of sight. Also GPS devices are common targets for thieves, yet drivers frequently leave them attached to the windshield or a dashboard. If your car is stolen or broken into, call the police immediately. Most cars can be recovered within 72 hours of their theft.

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