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Community Relations Monthly E-Tip: Auto Theft Prevention

July E-Tip

Summer months in Bakersfield means hot weather, and hot weather leads people to relax indoors or take vacations. Keep yourself relaxed this summer by making sure you lessen your chances of becoming a victim of auto theft.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) says that more vehicles are stolen during the months of July and August than any other months of the year. NHTSA also advises that more than half of auto thefts are preventable if drivers take the necessary precautions. Furthermore, out of anywhere else in the U.S., California residents are more likely to become a victim of auto theft. Monetary gain is the prime motive as to why vehicles are stolen. Vehicles are sold whole or special items are sold individually, such as, stereos, airbags, and GPS systems.

The following “layered approach” from the National Insurance Crime Bureau can help reduce your chances of becoming a victim.

Layer 1- Common Sense: Always secure your vehicle, as it is the simplest and most cost-effective way to thwart would-be thieves. Remove and take your keys, lock your doors, close your windows, and park in well-lit areas.

Layer 2- Warning Device: Use a visible or audible device which alerts thieves that your vehicle is protected.

Layer 3- Immobilizing Device: Some electronic devices have computer chips in ignition keys. Other devices inhibit the flow of electricity or fuel to the engine until a hidden switch or button is activated.

Layer 4- Tracking Device: Any means by which a signal is emitted to police or a monitoring station when the vehicle is stolen is extremely helpful to authorities with the recovery of stolen automobiles.

For more information on preventing theft, see the link below or contact the Community Relations Unit at 661-326-3053.

Prevent Auto Theft