No one wants to walk out of their front door in the morning and find that their car has been unexpectedly snatched up by someone else. Although it would be an amazing excuse to get out of work, you don’t want to deal with the hassle that follows. Unfortunately an estimated $64 Billion worth of vehicles are stolen every year and only 57% of those vehicles are recovered.

What makes these numbers worse is that about half of the vehicles stolen were taken due to driver error. All this means is that the vehicles were up for grabs due to the keys being left in the ignition or the doors being left unlocked. It’s a shame, but it happens. In fact, it happens even more often if you live in California, Florida, or Texas, which are the three top states for automotive theft. Break that down to the top ten cities for automotive theft and you’ll discover that California has six cities on it.

Bottomline: You may not be able to convince douchebags to not steal cars for a living, but you can at least take every necessary precaution to make sure you are not a victim. Get a car alarm, lock up your doors, and make sure you take the keys out of the ignition.

Check back with us soon to find more interesting tidbits as part of our Car Infographics series.


Source: NHTSA

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  (302) posted on 07.26.2011

Giving this information open the minds of many people about car stealing. It just shows that we must secure our cars to minimize the stealing incidents. However, the government must also do some ways to a avoid this one.

  (384) posted on 07.18.2011

I agree on this one. Almost all vehicles that has been stolen is due to the driver or owners fault. I think drivers should consider some precautionary measures on this issue.

  (412) posted on 07.15.2011

Its hard to find out on whose to blame regarding this issue. For I think both driver’s error and police visibility are the main cause of the problem. However, its better to have a preventive measure against this crime.

  (467) posted on 07.15.2011

The percentage of stolen vehicles were quite alarming. There’s a serious problem involving this case and I think the car owner as well as the law enforcement needs to do something to lessen or much better eliminate this crime.

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