Vehicle thefts and thefts of items from vehicles are a growing concern in the U.S. today. In fact, vehicle thefts were up to 3.1 percent in 2015 over the previous year, per an FBI data reporting. As vehicles become more technologically advanced, thieves are coming up with more sophisticated ways to break into and/or steal them.
Fleet vehicles are highly valuable not only as a whole, but each individual part, according to LoJack Law Enforcement. Fleet managers should be aware of the easy accessibility that can accompany tech-enabled vehicles and ways to better protect their drivers.
The following are ways for drivers to protect themselves against vehicle thefts:
- Secure vehicle at all times
- Do not store valuables in vehicle
- Always keep track of keys
- Park close to entrances or near security cameras when possible
- Always park in well-lit areas
- Do not leave car running unattended
- Install anti-theft system
- Be aware of surroundings
- Do not attempt to confront a carjacker
It is important to take the proper precautions to protect yourself against vehicle thefts. No matter where you are, it can always happen to you.