4 Things Car Thieves Love To See

August 3, 2012 12:00 AM

4 Things Car Thieves Love To See

" Car theft is on the decline–and today, the chances that your vehicle will be stolen are lower than any time in the past 15 years.

The FBI estimates that in 2010, some 737,142 vehicles were stolen in the U.S., a drop of more than 7 percent from the year before. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports the more of the same: it says that in 2009, car theft fell more than 21 percent, to an average of 1.33 vehicles stolen per 1,000.

But while anti-theft systems and marked car parts have made it harder to steal cars and sell the pieces, it’s still far too common a crime in many cities–especially in California, which counts seven of the top 10 cities for car theft, according to the National Insurance Crime Bureau. As quickly as carmakers and drivers take preventative measures, professional theft rings and chop shops work to defeat them.

The most sophisticated crooks may have an upper hand, but some simple prevention can keep you and your car from falling victim to casual thieves "

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