People are always talking about how we live in an increasingly violent and criminal society. And, while that may be true in some cases, figures actually report that, in the case of vehicular thefts, crime rates have gone down. In fact, there’s been a 58% reduction in car thefts since 1991.
The greatly reduced number of yearly car thefts shows in the minds of the American people. A recent survey revealed that 56% of Americans don’t worry about having their vehicles stolen.
And, while it’s good that people don’t worry as much as they once did and that they don’t have to, that doesn’t mean that precautions shouldn’t be taken. Fortunately, many items to ward off thieves are currently available. There are steering wheel clubs, car alarms, and even more devices to deter thieves. Plus, there are also auto theft prevention authorities, which are made up of professionals who seek out thieves and demand the most severe possible punishments for their offenses.
While the standard “break in and hot-wire” technique may not be as much of a possibility as it once was, there are still car thieves operating, and they do have more sophisticated measures at their disposal. Thieves have been known to go to dealerships and locksmiths to fraudulently obtain sets of vehicle keys that they can use to enter cars with ease, for example. Some criminals have even been able to intercept communication between a person’s electronic car key and the car with complex and criminal devices. Thus, a should-be-locked-car becomes an easy target.
The bottom line is that, even though vehicle theft isn’t as much of a concern as it once was, it is still important to be cautious and to protect your car to the best of your ability. And, just in case those measures fail, you should also have insurance that protects you against theft.