We all expect it. Walk to our vehicle, key in hand, and get in and drive off without a moment’s lost thought. Then we look for our truck, car, motorcycle, or other vehicle, and it is gone. No trace. This can happen to anyone. It is stressful, scary, costly, and certainly inconvenient. For some, it is vastly worse when precious cargo or important possessions are inadvertently taken too.
More than 700,000 vehicles are stolen each year in the United States. This often is a very preventable crime. FDOT and its FL511 team encourage Floridians to take proper measures to safeguard their vehicles.
July is National Vehicle Theft Prevention Month sponsored by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Vehicle theft is driven by money and greed and is a dangerous business that victimizes everyone, but fortunately, drivers can take precautions to reduce the risk of it happening, according to the NHTSA. Drivers can take steps to keep their vehicles and belongings safe. Here are suggestions from NHTSA that can help prevent motor vehicle theft from occurring:
- Park in well-lit areas.
- Close and lock all windows and doors when you park.
- Put away your valuables.
- Do not leave your keys in your vehicle.
- Do not leave the area while your vehicle is running.
- Remember to lock your vehicle every time you walk away to prevent vehicle theft.
The FL511 team reminds readers that motor vehicle theft is dangerous, too. Thieves often speed away. Their reckless driving endangers others on the road, pedestrians, and themselves – some of whom are teens.
Save lives, don’t invite theft, and take common-sense steps to prevent vehicle theft. For more information, visit nhtsa.gov/road-safety/vehicle-theft-prevention.