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Auto Theft Techniques Overview
According to the National Insurance Crime Bureau, auto theft is a very profitable business, generating nearly $8 billion a year. Despite declining auto theft rates, business continues to grow in the United States due to the ever increasing value of cars.
It's an awful feeling to be a victim of auto theft. According to the FBI, auto theft occurs about every 30 seconds in the United States, so if you are a victim, don't feel alone. Stolen Lost Found Online is here to help. Stolen Lost Found Online is the worlds largest online auto theft database, it's both free and easy to search auto theft reporting and free to report auto theft online.
Common Auto Theft Techniques And How To Avoid Them
Being aware of the most common auto theft techniques can help defend yourself from becoming a victim of auto theft.
Checking For An Alarm System
Throughout the years, people have been conditioned to ignoring car alarms on the account a loud motorcycle or truck can set a car alarm off. People's senses are so dulled to these car alarms, car alarms are often ignored while a car is being stolen. Prevention - instead of using a car alarm that just makes noise, use a car alarm that has a pager that alerts you if the alarm is activated. Another excellent prevention for auto theft is an ignition disabler. This makes it unable to start the car without pressing the hidden ignition disable switch.
Smash And Grab
The most common form of auto theft; breaking a window, grabbing what ever it is the thief is after and running away. Prevention - always remove anything of value from plain sight. The majority of crime is "crime of opportunity." Also, if you have a stereo with a removable face plate, bring it with you instead of leaving it under the seat or in the glove box.
Drive Off In A Car With The Keys In It
Auto thieves case out ATM's, movie rental store drop offs or other businesses with quick drop off or pick up. When a person walks away from a running car, they jump in and the car is stolen. Prevention - never leave your car running or with the keys in it for even a moment, that's all it takes for an auto theft to occur.
Cutting A Steering Wheel
If you have a steering wheel locking device to deter from auto theft, a thief will actually cut the steering wheel to remove the anti-theft device. Prevention - invest in a "kill switch" that disables your vehicle from starting.
Disabling The Alarm System
Professional auto thieves know how to disable a car alarm within 15 seconds if they know what kind it is. Prevention - when having an alarm system installed in your car, go to a professional alarm installer instead of a big retail chain store. Also, do not advertise with car alarm brand stickers. This tips professional thieves off when they know how to disable certain alarm makes.
Auto Theft Using Back-Up Or Spare Keys
Many stolen vehicles are done so with the actual car keys. Prevention - Don't ever leave or "hide" any spare or back up key in the car or under the bumper in a magnetic key holder as thieves do look for these.
Auto Theft From Big Parking Lots
Thieves often case out big parking lots such as that at sporting events or concerts. Prevention - park in secured, well lit parking lots when possible, especially ones with attendants on duty.
How To File A Stolen Auto Police Report
The first step in any occurrence of theft is to report the incident to the police immediately. This helps you recover the stolen item if it gets confiscated and helps with an insurance claim process on the account an official police report is required to file a claim.
Here are the general steps to file a police report:
- Call the non-emergency phone number for the local police station or law enforcement agency where the item was stolen.
- Obtain the physical address and go to the police station or law enforcement agency.
- Once there, go to the stolen property department if applicable.
- While creating a stolen property police report it's important to provide the theft detective or clerk with as many details as possible, especially the item's serial number, any identifying marks or stickers. Also include when, where and how the item was stolen.
- Once you have completed the report, be sure to obtain a copy and retain it for follow-up and recovery.
It's important to file a police report for theft, no matter how big, small or valuable the stolen item is, because it helps the police know a thief's (or thieves) M.O. and to control theft by using crime data to increase patrol in areas with a high or rising crime rate. Sometimes an area's theft rate can skyrocket because people don't report theft incidents because the stolen item isn't of high monetary value. This is called petty theft and is how a petty thief can continue stealing because the police are not made aware of their activity.
How To Report A Stolen Auto Online
Get the world on your case! Here are the steps to create an online Stolen Auto report for free:
- If not yet registered, click the "Register" link at the top right-hand side of the page or click the "Report" button at page top.
- Enter your information and click the "Register" button.
- Open the email account used for registration, open the verification email and click the link in the email body or copy and paste it in your browser address bar and press the "Enter" or "Return" key.
- Log in to the Stolen Lost Found Online website
- Click the "Report" link in the main navigation bar or the "Report" button at page top.
- Select the appropriate category.
- Select the appropriate sub-category.
- Select to post as Stolen.
- Enter as much information about the Stolen Auto as possible - the make, model and serial number are especially important. Also helpful are any identifying marks and photos if available.
- Click the "Submit" button.
That's it. Once the Stolen Auto report is submitted it will post on Stolen Lost Found Online immediately and will appear on the search engines within a day. By reporting online you literally make a world of difference for recovering your Stolen Auto, long into the future.
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Auto Theft Techniques Conclusion
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