The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recently issued a consumer advisory about summer vehicle thefts. According to the NHTSA, July is national Vehicle Theft Prevention Month. The estimated total value of vehicles stolen nationwide is approximately $5.9 billion. Since a vehicle is stolen every 41 seconds in the U.S., they’re offering motorists a variety of tips to protect their vehicles and property from theft this summer.
Vehicle Theft in California
According to the NHTSA, California had the most vehicles stolen in 2016. Summers are well known as the worst season for vehicle thefts, so drivers are reminded to keep their vehicles locked up during the warmer months. Whole vehicles aren’t all that thieves are interested in either. Stereos, wheel covers, GPS units, purses and even airbags are popular items for thieves to steal. Listed below are the NHTSA’s vehicle theft prevention tips.
NHTSA’s Vehicle Theft Prevention Tips
- Close and lock all windows and doors when you park.
- Park in well-lit areas.
- Never leave your vehicle while it’s running.
- Never leave keys or valuables in your vehicle.
What to do if Your Vehicle Gets Stolen
If your vehicle does get stolen, contact law enforcement immediately to file a report. You will need to have information like make, model and color of your vehicle, your license plate number, and the VIN (vehicle identification number) and any potential identifying characteristics. Next, contact your insurance company to file a claim within 24 hours of your car being stolen. If you find your vehicle before the authorities, contact the police and your insurance company immediately. Don’t attempt to recover the vehicle yourself.
Car Accidents in California
At the end of the day, we can only do so much to protect our vehicles and our private property. It’s just like driving on the roadways. Sometimes, it doesn’t matter how safe of a driver you are. Somebody else could be texting or driving dangerously and cause a wreck.
The team at Harris Personal Injury Lawyers, Inc. wishes everybody a Safe and Happy Summer, and if you have been injured or if you have lost a loved one in a car accident in San Diego, along the Central Coast or in any of the nearby communities, contact our office at 1.800.GO.HARRIS for a free case consultation today.