Theft Statistics and Statements

“ Vehicle theft is no longer a crime committed just by teenagers out for a joyride. It’s a big business run by organized crime rings out to make huge profits at your expense.”

                                    – “Vehicle Theft,” National Insurance Crime Bureau brochure

After several years of dropping or holding steady, vehicle thefts were back on the rise in the new millennium. A few telling statistics:

• According to the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s latest Uniform Crime Report, auto theft increased by 5.7% between 2000 and 2001.

• More than 1.2 million vehicles were stolen in 2002. That works out to 3,400 vehicles every day, or one vehicle every 25 seconds.

• The average value of these vehicles, again according to the FBI Uniform Crime Report, was $6,646. Thus not all of the vehicles were new. Often thieves are more interested in older cars, where replacement parts are more valuable because they are less available.

Motor Vehicle Theft in the United States, 1998 to 2002

Year
Number of Thefts
Change from Prior Year
2002
1,241,174
+1.2%
2001
1,226,457
+5.7%
2000
1,160,002
+0.7%
1999
1,152,075
-7.3%
1998
1,242,781
 
Source: FBI's Uniform Crime Reports 1999, 2000, 2001 and preliminary report 2002.

However, marking the windows or metal components of a vehicle with a unique code has proven to be a successful deterrent to thieves. Farmers Insurance Company, which offers the Prospective Technologies private brand labels, notes that vehicle marking programs have reduced auto theft by as much as 37%.

The National Insurance Crime Bureau says that the best way to protect vehicles is with a "layered approach." One of those layers includes marking vehicle parts and including a visual warning (like Prospective Technologies' window warning stickers), that lets potential thieves know that the vehicle is protected.

"Professional thieves can steal any car, but make them work for yours," the NICB advises in its pamphlet "The 'Layered Approach' to Protection". "The more layers of protection on your vehicle, the more difficult it is to steal."

Prospective Technologies agrees that multiple layers aid in giving a vehicle more protection from theft, and we offer several - body part markings through Invisigraphic labels, window etching through StenciLight and Window Warning Stickers that advise potential thieves that the vehicle is marked, traceable by law enforcement and therefore not worth the risk of stealing.

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