AUTO THEFT
AUTO THEFT
PREVENTION
Your Agency
FACTS ABOUT AUTO THEFTNATIONAL
 THE NATIONAL INSURANCE CRIME
BUREAU (N.I.C.B.) ESTIMATES A
VEHICLE IS STOLEN EVERY 25
SECONDS
 THE NATIONWIDE ANNUAL COST OF
VEHICLE THEFT TO CONSUMERS,
INCLUDING INSURANCE PREMIUMS,
IS APPROXIMATELY $ 7.5 BILLION
 ONE OUT OF EVERY 170 VEHICLES
ON THE ROAD WILL BE STOLEN
FACTS ABOUT AUTO THEFTNATIONAL
 APPROXIMATELY 1.3 MILLION
VEHICLES ARE STOLEN IN THE
UNITED STATES EACH YEAR
 THE U.S. RECOVERY RATE FOR
STOLEN VEHICLES IS
APPROXIMATELY 65%
FACTS ABOUT AUTO THEFTFLORIDA
 FLORIDA RANKS SECOND IN THE
NATION IN THE NUMBER OF VEHICLE
THEFTS
 IN FLORIDA, 46% OF THOSE ARRESTED
FOR AUTO THEFT ARE JUVENILES
 APPROXIMATELY 25% OF THE
VEHICLES STOLEN IN FLORIDA HAD
THE KEYS IN THE IGNITION
 MOST OF THE CARS STOLEN IN
FLORIDA WERE ON AVERAGE AT LEAST
5 YEARS OLD
WHY ARE VEHICLES
STOLEN?
 JOYRIDING
 PARTS OR TO SHIP OUT OF THE
COUNTRY
 TO COMMIT SECONDARY
CRIMES
 INSURANCE FRAUD
 TO TRADE FOR DRUGS
WHY IS AUTO THEFT
SUCH A PROBLEM NOW ?
 SOME VEHICLE IGNITION SYSTEMS
& LOCKING MECHANISMS ARE
EASILY COMPROMISED BY COMMON
MATERIALS
WHY IS AUTO THEFT
SUCH A PROBLEM NOW ?
 INFORMATION ABOUT “HOW TO
STEAL A CAR” IS READILY
AVAILABLE
 AUTO THEFT IS GLAMORIZED
IN THE MOVIES AND TV
THE COSTS OF AUTO
THEFT
 THE COST OF INSURANCE
PREMIUMS
 THE COST OF LAW
ENFORCEMENT AT ALL LEVELS
– APPREHENDING
– PROSECUTING
– INCARCERATING
 THE EMOTIONAL COST TO YOU
IF YOU ARE A VICTIM
HOW ARE VEHICLES
STOLEN?
 KEYS LEFT IN VEHICLE
 FORCE
 VEHICLE LEFT UNLOCKED
– 21% OF ALL VEHICLE OWNERS
DON’T LOCK THEIR VEHICLES
 VEHICLE LEFT RUNNING AND
UNATTENDED
WHERE DO MOST AUTO
THEFTS OCCUR
 LOCATIONS WHERE THERE IS A
LARGE GATHERING OF VEHICLES
THAT ARE EASILY ACCESSIBLE LIKE:
– SCHOOL CAMPUSES
– APARTMENT COMPLEXES
– SHOPPING MALLS AND CENTERS
– HOSPITAL PARKING LOTS
– SPECIAL EVENTS THAT ATTRACT A
LARGE CROWD
TOP 10 VEHICLES STOLEN IN
THE U.S.
 HONDA
 JEEP
CHEROKEE
 CHEVY
 TOYOTA
CAPRICE
CAMRY
 CHEVY
 OLDS CUTLASS CAVALIER
 HONDA CIVIC  FORD TAURUS
 CHEVY FULL
 TOYOTA
SIZE PICK-UP
COROLLA
ACCORD
HOW NOT TO BE A VICTIM
 ALWAYS CLOSE ALL WINDOWS,
LOCK ALL DOORS AND TAKE THE
KEYS WITH YOU
 NEVER LEAVE YOUR VEHICLE
RUNNING AND UNATTENDED
 NEVER HIDE A KEY IN YOUR
VEHICLE
 PARK YOUR VEHICLE WITH THE
WHEELS TURNED. THIS MAKES
YOUR VEHICLE DIFFICULT TO TOW
HOW NOT TO BE A VICTIM
 COPY YOUR LICENSE PLATE
AND VEHICLE IDENTIFICATION
NUMBER (VIN) ON A CARD AND
KEEP THEM ON YOU WITH
YOUR DRIVER’S LICENSE
 ALWAYS PARK IN A WELL
LIGHTED AREA
HOW NOT TO BE A VICTIM
COMBAT AUTO THEFT – C.A.T.
– A VOLUNTEER PROGRAM TO
HELP REDUCE NIGHT TIME
THEFTS
– AN OWNER IS GIVEN A YELLOW
C.A.T. STICKER THAT IS PLACED
IN THE REAR WINDOW
– IT AUTHORIZES ANY LAW
ENFORCEMENT AGENCY TO
STOP THE VEHICLE BETWEEN 15 A.M. TO VERIFY THE VEHICLE
IS NOT STOLEN
HOW NOT TO BE A VICTIM
ALWAYS USE
AN ANTI-THEFT
DEVICE
TYPES OF ANTI-THEFT
DEVICES
 MECHANICAL ANTI-THEFT
DEVICES
•STEERING WHEEL
LOCKING DEVICE
•STEERING
COLUMN COLLAR
TYPES OF ANTI-THEFT
DEVICES
 ELECTRONIC ANTI-THEFT
DEVICES
-Siren alarm
-Motion sensor
-Panic button
TYPES OF ANTI-THEFT
DEVICES
 STARTER DISABLER
RADIO TRANSMITTER
SYSTEM
–LOW JACK
VEHICLE
IDENTIFICATION
NUMBER ETCHING
(VIN)

CAR JACKING
WHAT IS IT?
 “A CRIME WHERE A CAR IS STOLEN
FROM A PERSON BY FORCE OR THE
THREAT OF FORCE.”
 THE CAR JACKER USES GUNS,
KNIVES AND OTHERS WEAPONS TO
FORCE YOU TO GIVE THEM YOUR
CAR.
 A VIOLENT CRIME THAT IS ON THE
INCREASE
WHO IS AT RISK?
ANYONE
WHO
DRIVES A
CAR!
FACTS ABOUT CAR
JACKING
 IN 92% OF ALL CAR JACKINGS, THE
VICTIM WAS ALONE IN THE CAR.
 IN 85% OF ALL CAR JACKINGS,
SOME TYPE OF WEAPON WAS USED.
 IN 84 % OF ALL CAR JACKINGS THE
VICTIM WAS UNIJURED.
 ONLY 4% INVOLVED SERIOUS
INJURIES.
 65% OF ALL CAR JACKINGS
OCCURRED FROM 6 AM TO 6 PM
PREVENTION TIPS

ENTERING YOUR CAR
– BE ALERT TO YOUR
SURROUNDINGS
– HAVE YOUR KEYS READY SO YOU
CAN UNLOCK THE CAR AND
ENTER QUICKLY
– LOCK YOUR DOORS AS SOON AS
YOU’RE INSIDE
– PLACE CHILDREN IN THE CAR,
GET IN AND LOCK THE DOORS.
THEN BUCKLE THEIR SEAT BELTS
AND CAR SEATS
PREVENTION TIPS
DRIVING YOUR CAR
– KEEP DOORS LOCKED AND
WINDOWS UP
– STAY ALERT, NOTICE ALL FOOT
TRAFFIC WHEN YOUR CAR IS
STOPPED
– WHEN STOPPING IN TRAFFIC,
LEAVE ENOUGH DISTANCE
BETWEEN YOUR CAR AND THE
ONE IN FRONT OF YOU, SO YOU
CAN PULL AWAY QUICKLY
PREVENTION TIPS
IF CONFRONTED…
– IF SAFELY LOCKED IN YOUR CAR
AND THE ATTACKER IS UNARMED
– DRIVE AWAY QUICKLY
– IF PULLED FROM YOUR CAR –
COOPERATE. MOVE AWAY
QUICKLY AND DO NOT RESIST
– IF A GUNMAN DEMANDS YOUR
CAR – GIVE IT UP
PREVENTION TIPS
IF CONFRONTED…
– NEVER LEAVE IN THE CAR
WITH THE CAR JACKER
– WHEN THE CAR JACKER
DRIVES OFF – MOVE QUICKLY
TO A SAFE PLACE AND
IMMEDIATELY CALL THE
POLICE
PREVENTION TIPS
IF CONFRONTED…
– HAVE A VEHICLE AND SUSPECT
DESCRIPTION READY TO GIVE
THE POLICE
– TRY TO REMEMBER WHAT THE
CAR JACKER LOOKED LIKE
• SEX
• RACE
• AGE
• HAIR COLOR
• SPECIAL FEATURES
Don’t Let This Be You!
Actual Recovered Stolen Vehicle
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