Good Afternoon All,
During the first week of this new year, the City of Albuquerque saw an increase in vehicles stolen. We are seeing an increase in auto burglaries where there is an attempt to steal the vehicle and nothing is taken. As a reminder, take the appropriate steps to increase your security on vehicles, even if that just means placing your vehicle in your garage at night. Add after market items such as clubs, kill switches, etc. These are deterrents and are helping to “Harden the Target”. Make it harder and less desirable for someone to want to steal your vehicle. Below is an article from the Insurance Information Institute with some interesting information on national statistics. While there is a drop nationwide, we still caution everyone to try to do their best in safeguarding their vehicle.
Motor vehicle theft
Courtesy of the Insurance Information Institute: https://www.iii.org/fact-statistic/facts-statistics-auto-theft
The FBI includes the theft or attempted theft of automobiles, trucks, buses, motorcycles, scooters, snowmobiles and other vehicles in its definition of motor vehicle theft. About $5.9 billion was lost to motor vehicle theft in 2016. The average dollar loss per theft was $7,680. Motor vehicles were stolen at a rate of 236.9 per 100,000 people in 2016, up 7.6 percent from 2015 but down 35.1 percent from 2007.
Vehicle thefts have been trending downward in the 23 years since they peaked at 1,661,738 in 1991, falling 58 percent to 699,594 in 2013, according to a 2014 report from the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB). As a result, 56 percent of Americans rarely or never worry that their car will be stolen, according to a 2014 Gallop poll. The NICB credits law enforcement efforts, along with the creation of specific antitheft programs, technology and insurance company-supported organizations such as the NICB for contributing to the theft reduction.
Despite the reduction in vehicle thefts over the past two decades, industry observers caution that thieves constantly devise new and sophisticated means of stealing autos. Tactics include acquiring smart keys, which eliminated hot-wiring to steal cars; switching vehicle identification numbers; and using stolen identities to secure loans for expensive vehicles. The number of vehicles stolen with the key or keyless entry device left inside by the owner climbed 22 percent in 2015 to 57,096, according to the NICB.
- Motor vehicles were stolen at a rate of 236.9 per 100,000 people in 2016, up 7.6 percent from 2015 but down 35.1 percent from 2007.
- About $5.9 billion was lost to motor vehicle theft in 2016. The average dollar loss per theft was $7,680.
PROPERTY CRIMES OVER PAST 24 HOURS
2 Auto Thefts – 8400 blk of Spain, 2800 blk of Lexington Pl
5 Auto Burglaries – 7900 blk of Academy Trl, 5200 blk of San Antonio, 9700 blk of Colonial Cir, 5000 blk of Cutler, 9100 blk of Fairbanks.
Points of Entry – pried open doors, broken windows, punched door locks
Items Taken – electric tools, computer monitors, clothing, musical equipment, purses
2 Residential Burglaries – 1000 blk of Marron Cir, 6400 blk of Dorado Beach
Points of Entry – front doors kicked in, unsecured rear doors
Items Taken – jewelry.
It should be noted that one of these was thwarted by a neighbor who was in the right place at the right time as they scared off the offender. They did not approach or confront the offender, but made enough noise to scare them off.
Should anyone have any questions or need anything further, please let us know. Thank you!