July & August Are Worst Months for Car Theft: How to Protect Yourself

The NHTSA reports that 689,527 vehicles were stolen in 2014. Thanks to your obsession with RENT, you recognize immediately that that's more than the number of minutes in a year! And NHTSA lists New York as one of the Top 10 states for most vehicles stolen... you can bet that's largely thanks to NYC.

You're not off the hook if your car is cheap.

Despite what movies would have you believe, car thieves aren't always after expensive luxury models. The Ford F-150 is one of the most commonly stolen vehicles in America, simply because it is one of the most popular vehicles in America. There's a market for them, and their parts.

Is there anything you can do to protect your car?

Yes. Fortunately, most car thieves want to work as quickly as possible, while arousing as little suspicion as possible. That means targeting vehicles with the windows rolled down, doors unlocked, and often, with the keys sitting inside.

Simply keeping your windows rolled up, despite the summer heat, can make would-be thieves move on to a more vulnerable target. The NHTSA recommends always locking your doors, and bringing your keys with you when exiting the vehicle.

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