Your vehicle is one of the largest investments you will make in your life. Coming in at just over $30,000, or about $600 per month, a new car will account for one of the largest sums of money you will put down on one possession after your home. If you’re a fan of trucks, SUVs, or luxury vehicles, you can expect that price tag to be much steeper. Because of the sheer amount of money one will spend on a new car (or even a used car), you want your vehicle to last as long as possible. You make sure the oil is changed, you bring it in for regular tuneups, and you do your best to ensure it’s around for a good, long time. What may don’t actively plan for or anticipate, however, is vehicle theft.
A motor vehicle is stolen in the United States every 33 seconds, and only 57% of those stolen are ever recovered. Nearly half of these thefts are due to drive error — like leaving the keys in the ignition (yes, people actually do this) or leaving the doors unlocked.
Check out the infographic below for facts on vehicle theft and tips for prevention taken from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. There are things you can do to make sure you don’t wind up a victim of vehicle theft. Protect yourself and your investment!