SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP)– Car thefts across the country are at their highest in July and August, so 22News is working for you with a look how you can protect yourself against these crimes.
The federal government reports that a car theft happens every 44 seconds in our nation. In Springfield in just the past 24 hours, at least two cars were stolen and three others were broken into, according to the Springfield Police Facebook page. Police say that at least two of those cars were left unlocked, and that one of the cars stolen in the last week was left running with the keys in the ignition while the owner went into fast food restaurant. Indeed, research from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration shows that about 50% of car thefts are attributed to the owner’s error in responsibility. Police say it is critical that you lock your car every time you leave it, even in your own driveway.
Safety experts suggest having your VIN number etched into parts of your car like your fender or window glass. Doing so makes it less attractive to thieves who may be looking to sell it for parts.
Also, because many thieves are just looking for quick cash, never leave valuables, money, or even loose change in the car when you’re not in it; especially not where it can be easily spotted from the window.