It doesn’t matter what kind of car you drive, all vehicles are a potential target of theft. In the state of Texas over 65,000 cars and trucks are stolen and almost 200,000 are burglarized each year. Many jurisdictions report that keys left inside and doors unlocked are major factors in stolen and burglarized vehicles.
Protect Your Vehicle
Always lock your vehicle and take your keys.
Never leave your car running and unattended.
Park in a well-lit area.
Take valuables with you when you are not in your vehicle.
Keep valuables out of sight.
Give parking attendants the ignition key only. Keep your trunk and glove box locked at all times. If possible, get separate keys for the ignition and the trunk and glove box.
Install an anti-theft device. Many insurance companies may give you a discount for certain anti-theft devices. Check with your agent for details.
Watch Your Car
Governor Greg Abbott has declared July Watch Your Car month. The summer months are the busiest time for car thieves and the Governor and the Motor Vehicle Crime Prevention Authority to take precautions to reduce motor vehicle burglary and thefts in Texas. Please view the Governor’s proclamation here.
The Motor Vehicle Crime Prevention Authority also wants Texans to remember to secure their vehicle and “If You Like It-Lock It.” The MVCPA has parterned with the National Insurance Crime Bureau, the Insurance Council of Texas and Texas’ own Gary P. Nunn to launch this campaign.
Please remember to lock your vehicle and take your belongings and don’t become a victim during these summer months.
Top 10 Most Stolen Vehicles - 2018 *
1) Honda Civic
2) Honda Accord
3) Ford Pick-Up (Full Size)
4) Chevrolet Pickup (Full Size)
5) Toyota Camry
6) Nissan Altima
7) Toyota Corolla
8) GMC Pickup (Full Size)
9) Dodge Pick-Up (Full Size)
10) Jeep Cherokee/Grand Cherokee
*NICB Hot Wheels report
For more information, please email the Motor Vehicle and Crime Prevention Authority at AskMVCPA