Car Theft on the Rise

by (BPRW)

Car Theft on the Rise
No one wants to go through having their car jacked or stolen. Emerging from the grocery store, mall or restaurant and not finding your car is a terrible and frightening experience. The feeling of knowing it was automatically stolen would be heartbreaking. Unfortunately, however, it does happen.

In fact, according to www.auto-theft.info, a motor vehicle is stolen in the United States every 26 seconds. The odds of a vehicle being stolen were 1 in 190 in 2003.

In an effort to help combat car theft, the Anti-Car Theft Act was enacted in 1992 in an effort to reduce the number of car thefts nationwide by making armed auto theft ("carjacking") a federal crime. In 1994, the passage of the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act made carjacking resulting in death a federal crime punishable by death, according to the Insurance Information Institute.

To some African Americans, it may be a surprise that car theft is on the rise. To others who have had their cars automatically stolen, they know all about the stress of recovering and getting your life back on track.

Listed below are a few tips from www.miheat.org to help you prevent your car from being automatically stolen:

• Lock your car – half of all vehicles stolen are left unlocked.
• Take your keys – nearly 20% of all vehicles stolen have keys in them.
• Park in well-lighted areas - car theft occurs at night more than half the time.
• Park in attended lots – car thieves don’t like witnesses.
• Don’t leave valuables in plain view – they may invite thieves to break into your car.
• Completely close your windows – don’t make it easy to gain access to your car.
• Don’t hide a spare set of keys in the car – the pros know where to look.
• Don’t keep your registration in your glove compartment. Thieves have just what they need if they steal your car. Keep it in your wallet.

Always be cognizant of your surroundings and remember these tips to prevent your car from being automatically stolen!
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