Car Thefts on the Rise
Your car is likely the most valuable thing you own besides your own (or the most expensive thing if you don’t have a house). You need to take good care of it to make your investment last.
But even if you are doing everything you can to take care of your car, it could all be taken away from you in an instant if someone decides to steal it. Unfortunately, that’s a growing reality today.
A new report from USA Today shows that car thefts are on the rise. According to the latest data, the number of cars stolen was up 1 percent in the first half of 2015 compared with the same time period the previous year. Meanwhile, other crimes were down, such as burglary (down 10 percent in the same period) and larceny theft (down 3 percent).
The rise in automotive theft was expected – though it was expected to be much worse. The National Insurance Crime Bureau projected that car theft would go up 9 percent in the first half of 2015 compared to the previous year.
Other crimes have fallen dramatically in the last 10 years – property crimes are down overall by 19 percent. However, car theft is only down 2 percent in the last 10 years.
Officials say that car theft is up because thieves have become more savvy about how to evade security technology. Some strategies have included stealing rental car fleets or using falsified owner titles to get the cars.