A vehicle is stolen every 25 seconds in the United States. Auto Theft is big business! If auto theft were legalized and incorporated, it would rank in the top 250 among the Fortune 500 companies.
New vehicles are not the only targets for car thieves. Older model vehicles are also very desirable. Thieves look for cars that can be resold quickly or stripped for parts. In most cases, a vehicle's parts are worth two to three times the value of the vehicle. The most stolen vehicle in Texas is the General Motors Pickup Truck. No vehicle or anti-theft device is 100% theft proof, and discouraging thieves is not an easy task. A thief's greatest enemy is time. The more difficult your car is to steal, the longer it takes to be stolen. Moreover, the more time a thief has to spend stealing your car, the greater the chance of detection. By making your car a tougher target, the thief will probably move on to a car that is easier to steal.
By installing anti-theft devices on your vehicle, you may qualify for a discount up to 15% on you comprehensive insurance rates. To find out more about anti-theft device discounts, contact your automobile insurance company or agent.
The 2002 Texas Crime Report estimated the number of motor vehicle thefts committed in Texas in 2002 was 102,943. The volume of motor vehicle theft increased 0.1% when compared with 2001. More motor vehicle thefts were committed in July than in any other month, while the fewest motor vehicle thefts were committed during February.
The 2002 motor vehicle theft rate for Texas was 472.7 for every 100,000 persons. The change in the motor vehicle theft rate from 2001 was a decrease of 2.0%. In 2002, motor vehicle theft victims suffered losses totaling $812,578,714.00. This total value loss represents an increase of 0.9% when compared to 2001 totals. The average dollar loss per motor vehicle theft was $7,945.00, up from $7,866.00 in 2001. Of the types of motor vehicles that are reported stolen, 63% are automobiles, 27% are trucks and buses, and the remainders are classified as "other vehicles". The "other vehicle" classification includes all other motor vehicles, such as snowmobiles, motorcycles, motor scooters, trail bikes, mopeds, golf carts, and the like.
In 2002, Texas law enforcement agencies arrested 9,319 persons for motor vehicle theft. When compared to 2001, the number of motor vehicle theft arrests decreased 0.6%. Of the arrestees in 2002, 20% were Juveniles (16 and under); 84% were Male; 66% were White; 34% were Black; 72% were not Hispanic and 28% were Hispanic. The age group with the largest number of motor vehicle theft arrests was the 15 to 19 year old group.
For more information on Auto Theft and Car Jacking Prevention call and request a copy of the How to Prevent a Carjacking Manuel or call to schedule a seminar. In this seminar participants will learn what is a carjacking, where and how it happens, safety tips and features your car should have, safety tips when traveling and driving, what to do if you are taken hostage, and types of Anti-Theft devices for your car. You may also be eligible for discounts on their car insurance.