“Preliminary reports indicate a sharp increase in automobile thefts for 2020,” stated NICB President and CEO David Glawe. “All indications are 2020 will be the largest theft year in the past decade by a significant margin.”

According to the findings, each month in 2020 confirmed will increase in comparison with 2019. Overall, the yearly enhance was 9.2 p.c, nonetheless every month from June by means of December confirmed double digit positive aspects.

Auto Thefts 2019 vs 2020


Month

2019

2020

% Change


Month

2019

2020

% Change

Jan

67,342

68,049

1.00


Jul

72,202

80,015

10.80

Feb

58,361

60,859

4.30


Aug

70,910

80,121

13.00

Mar

62,453

63,838

2.20


Sep

67,686

75,974

12.20

Apr

61,723

65,337

5.90


Oct

68,867

79,643

15.60

May

67,538

69,641

3.10


Nov

65,851

77,702

18.00

Jun

67,493

75,621

12.00


Dec

69,218

76,280

10.20

“Based on the preliminary nature of the data, the cause of this increase will require a thorough intelligence assessment,” stated Glawe. “Considerations such as the pandemic, economic downturn, loss of juvenile outreach programs and public safety budgetary and resource limitations are likely contributing factors. Thieves exploit opportunities and may look for vehicles parked in the same location or citizens not taking proper measures to secure their vehicles.”

If you see one thing say one thing by contacting native regulation enforcement for those who suspect questionable exercise in your neighborhood.

Given the distinctive circumstances of 2020, the NICB is distributing this knowledge prematurely of its much-anticipated annual Hot Spots report back to be launched in mid-2021. Due to the scrutiny the information receives from NICB analysts, the Hot Spots report will probably differ to a small extent from this preliminary evaluation.

In response to the rise in auto thefts, the NICB created a brand new public service announcement highlighting steps individuals can take to cut back the possibilities of having their automobile stolen.

PSA: Prevent Auto Theft – 30 Seconds
https://youtu.be/4LoopZKQ67c

Vehicle house owners should guard in opposition to complacency and keep in mind to heed easy tricks to safeguard their autos. NICB recommends drivers observe 4 layers of safety to protect in opposition to car theft.

  1. Common sense. Vehicle house owners ought to at all times take away keys from the ignition, lock doorways and home windows, and park in well-lit areas.
  2. Warning gadgets. These embrace seen and audible alarms. Aftermarket alarms can be found for all makes and fashions of vehicles. Visual gadgets embrace column collars, steering wheel locks, and brake locks.
  3. Immobilizing gadgets. The third layer of safety prevents thieves from bypassing the ignition and hot-wiring the car. Some examples are good keys; fuse cut-offs; kill switches; starter, ignition, and gas pump disablers; and wi-fi ignition authentication.
  4. Tracking gadgets. Tracking gadgets are very efficient in serving to authorities get better stolen autos. Some methods mix GPS and wi-fi applied sciences to permit distant monitoring of a car. If the car is moved, the system will alert the proprietor, and the car will be tracked through pc.

For extra auto theft prevention ideas, please click on right here.

REPORT FRAUD: Anyone with info regarding insurance coverage fraud or car theft can report it anonymously by calling toll-free 800.TEL.NICB (800.835.6422)or submitting a type on our web site.

ABOUT THE NATIONAL INSURANCE CRIME BUREAU: Headquartered in Des Plaines, Ill., the NICB is the nation’s main not-for-profit group solely devoted to stopping, detecting and defeating insurance coverage fraud and car theft by means of knowledge analytics, investigations, studying and growth, authorities affairs and public affairs. The NICB is supported by greater than 1,400 property and casualty insurance coverage corporations and self-insured organizations. NICB member corporations wrote greater than $526 billion in insurance coverage premiums in 2019, or greater than 82% of the nation’s property-casualty insurance coverage. That consists of greater than 95% ($241 billion) of the nation’s private auto insurance coverage. To be taught extra go to www.nicb.org.

SOURCE National Insurance Crime Bureau

"Preliminary reports indicate a sharp increase in automobile thefts for 2020," stated NICB President and CEO David Glawe.

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