National Insurance Crime Bureau has published its annual report examining motor vehicle theft for Massachusetts.
Of note is the fact that not only are older cars being stolen, but newer cars with factory anti-theft protection are also on the list.
The first line of defense is the consumer / owner. Their actions can go a long way toward theft prevention.
Some of the things that the owner may do are:
Many thefts occur because owners make it easy for thieves to steal their cars.
Many manufacturers provide a flashing light in the dash, and a horn sounds during a break-in. Some aftermarket security systems provide flashing LED lights to show that a system is active, and also include pre-warning tones when a suspect gets too close to the vehicle, or provides enough motion or impact to disturb the car.
Many vehicles today have “Smart Keys” or other forms of ignition kill systems. For older cars that do not have these safety features, they can be easily added with an aftermarket security system.
Always take note of your surroundings when you park your car. If there is a spot open under a street light, park under it, even if it means walking a few more steps. If you park in your driveway, install motion controlled spot lights, and even camera systems. If the lights don’t scare the criminals away, the camera may get a picture for the police and your neighbors.
The following are the vehicles that were stolen the most in Massachusetts during 2015.
2009 Honda Civic – 426
1997 Honda Accord – 402
2014 Toyota Camry – 260
2010 Toyota Corolla – 203
2005 Dodge Caravan – 188
2004 Ford Pickup (Full Size) – 178
2005 Nissan Altima – 156
1999 Jeep Cherokee / Grand Cherokee – 143
1999 Honda CR-V – 107
2015 Chevrolet Pickup (Full Size) – 95