PROTECTING YOUR VEHICLE-

 

Did you know that- 

 

* Over one million vehicles are stolen each year and that a vehicle is stolen every 23 seconds?

 

* Vehicles are stolen for four basic reasons: joyriding; transportation; to commit other crimes; for commercial gain primarily through chop shops?

 

 * According to VINshield, New Haven-Meriden ranks fourth in auto theft in Connecticut behind Waterbury , Hartford and Bridgeport

with 346.77 vehicles per 100,000 residents?

 

 * According to State Farm, the vehicles most often taken are Honda Accord, Toyota Camry and Nissan Maxima? Per VINshield, Toyota

Camry, Honda Accord and Chevy Full-size Pickup top the list. 

 

 

Any vehicle can be taken either by a professional working solo or by amateurs working in pairs or groups. You can decrease the likelihood of that happening by exercising the following safeguards: 

Some available safeguards include Lojack, vin-etching, fuel cutoffs, ignition column guards, hood and door locks, steering wheel locks, guard plates for trunks, key-operated wheel locks, pedal jacks, the Club, and radio security devices.

 

Additional information can be found at the National Insurance Crime Bureau website or www.autotheft.info or contact university police at 25375.

 - Reference and statistical information courtesy of VINshield and State Farm -