Dear Fellow Survivalist;
In the last few months, a few different people I know have had their vehicles stolen. In one case it was a nearly new GM pickup truck, with all the options. A second one was a 10-year-old Bentley sports car. Finally, there was a nicely restored Pontiac GTO. All three cars were parked at their owner’s homes when stolen, with the owners asleep in their beds.
I always thought it was rather unusual to actually know someone who had a car stolen, even though over a million cars are stolen per year in the United States. That works out to roughly 250 cars per 100,000 people in the population, making it much more common than I had realized.
This, of course, got me interested in cars being stolen and how to prevent it from happening. Surprisingly to me, the vast majority of these thefts happen at people’s homes, not at restaurants and shopping malls. That probably ties in directly with the majority of these thefts happening at night, after people have gone to bed. The top hour for theft is midnight to 1:00 am, with theft rates tapering off from there, both earlier and later.
One of the key things that adds to car theft statistics is the number of cars which are stored outdoors, rather than in the garage. In all three of the cases I mentioned above, the car was stored in the driveway, mostly because the garage was filled with other things. About 93 percent of homeowners use their garage for storage; so, even if they store one car in the garage, they don’t have room to store two of them there. That means that most people have at least one car parked outside, where thieves can easily gain access to it while the family sleeps.
On top of that, many newer cars, especially ones fitted out with all the whistles and bells, tend to have remotely keyed locks and motor start. While there are always security measures built in, along with these features, there are also devices that criminals can buy, which will help them overcome these security measures. Amazingly, there are some that even access the vehicle’s computer through the headlights of all places.
Even so, there are a number of things we can all do to help ensure the security of our vehicles. While they may seem frivolous or unnecessary, it only takes one person trying to get into a vehicle to show the need for those measures.
There’s no perfect way to secure your vehicle, ensuring that it can’t get stolen. But the measured mentioned above will make it harder for a thief to get your vehicle and get away. That’s often enough, as they’re always looking for the easy steal. They don’t want to work at it and they don’t want to get caught. So, if we make it hard enough and/or increase the chances of them getting caught, they’ll probably go elsewhere.
Simple actions like this may not seem important; but they’re just as important as keeping your powder dry and your survival gear close as hand.