According to the National Insurance Crime Bureau, we are seeing an alarming increase in auto crime according to new data released, no doubt leading to an influx of claims (fraudulent or not).
President and CEO of NICB, David Glawe, stated, “Nowhere has the escalation of crime across the nation been more apparent than with auto crime.”
It is happening in our neighborhoods, in our own backyards, at disturbing rates.
The article states, “Auto crime comes in many different forms, from violent carjackings to stolen vehicles to catalytic converter thefts. In 2021, catalytic converter theft claims increased 1,215% compared to 2019 and car thefts increased by 17% in 2021 compared to 2019. More alarmingly, New York City, Philadelphia, Chicago, and Washington, D.C., have experienced triple-digit increases in carjackings, the highest escalations in the nation.”
And, as if inflation and the cost of gas isn’t bad enough, the new emerging trend in auto crime is gasoline theft!
Not only do we share this data with you for claims purposes, but more importantly, to raise awareness in hopes you will stay vigilant and proactive. Here are some ways you can help protect yourself, your families, and your vehicles:
Lock your doors, when you’re driving in your vehicle, and when you’re not!
Do not leave your keys in your vehicle, under any circumstances.
Close the windows.
Park in well-lit areas, and DO NOT leave valuables in your car.
If you have an audible alarm system, use it. If you don’t, consider having one installed. Anti-theft devices such as steering wheel locks are also recommended.
Vehicle immobilizer systems and tracking systems exist and are worth the investment.