Ever wonder how safe your car is the driveway at night…or even in a shopping mall parking lot during the day? How about, just how safe is your city in general…when it comes it’s risk level for stolen vehicles?
The term “Hot Spots” is usually referred to as a trendy social gathering place. But stolen car hot spots is actually an annual Top 10 list of cities…Letterman style…that nobody hopes to see their own community listed on.
The National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) publishes an annual report that ranks the U.S. metropolitan areas with the most vehicle thefts per-capita. California was the winning state with 9 total cities in the top 10 list…with Bakersfield in first place in this year’s survey. Washington state had just one city…Spokane. The good news is that theoverall recorded car-theft actually decreased about 3% from last year. But the West Coast…especially California and Washington…remains highly popular with the gone in 60 seconds car thief crowd.
So how can you protect yourself…and not become a statistic? Regardless of where you live…hot spot or not, you can use the NICB’s “layered approach” to help keep car thieves and car jackers away from your vehicle.
Common Sense – Always take the keys out of the ignition & take them with you…and lock the car up when you’re not in it.
Alarm System – A normal audible car alarm…or even a steering-column collar…make it obvious to car thieves that your car is protected.
Immobilizing Device – Smart keys, kill switches…any legal tech related tools that could help prevent a thief from hot-wiring your vehicle.
The NICB says:
Anyone with information concerning insurance fraud or vehicle theft can report it anonymously by calling toll-free 800-TEL-NICB (800-835-6422), texting keyword “fraud” to TIP411 (847411) or submitting a form on our website. Or, download the NICB Fraud Tips app on your iPhone or Android device.