Law Enforcement Warning! A Rise in Vehicle Thefts Causing Concern in Arizona
- Arizona ranks number 14 for car thefts nationwide
- Steps you can take to reduce the chances of becoming a victim of car theft
- Monday and Friday are the riskiest days for vehicle thefts and break-ins
Statistics: Motor Vehicle Theft in Arizona
No matter where you live in America, owning a car is a symbol of freedom and mobility. We enjoy the ability to travel our nation across state borders in a way that many people around the world can't even conceptualize.
If you cross from Arizona to Colorado, for example, you might slow down long enough to take a photo of the "Welcome to Colorado" sign and keep driving to your next stop.
Nothing says freedom in America quite like owning your own automobile. Having your own wheels gives you the liberty to work and play as you choose. We don't take too kindly to having that freedom suddenly snatched away, but it happens more often than you might think.
Vehicle Thefts and Automobile Break-Ins are on the Rise in Arizona
Last year, the Arizona Department of Public Safety (AZDPS) released its findings on the number of vehicle thefts across the state of Arizona.
AZDPS reported 5,259 cases of motor vehicle theft over the year in the state of Arizona alone.
How Many Vehicle Thefts Happen in Arizona Versus the Rest of the United States
Arizona ranked number 14 in the nation for car thefts, according to FBI statistics. Vivent.com reports on the most likely places where your car may be victimized.
- 38% of vehicles were stolen while parked at home
- 123,648 were stolen while parked on a highway, alley, street, or near a sidewalk
- 130,728 were taken from a parking lot or parking garage
The National Insurance Crime Bureau reported that car theft in Arizona has risen 11.8% since 2019.
How to Protect Yourself Against Car Theft and Break-Ins in Arizona
There are ways to make your car much less attractive to thieves. Remember, they don't want to hang around and get caught.
They're looking for an easy way in and out. Prevent theft and break-ins by making your car a difficult target.
- Always lock your car, and never leave keys where a thief could get to them.
- Park in well-lit areas. Under a streetlight or security light is best, if possible.
- Install an anti-theft device.
- Consider using a steering wheel lock or brake pedal lock.
- Never leave valuables in your car. Make sure anything you must leave in your car is out of sight. Stash items under the seat or in the trunk where they won't be seen through a window.
- Keep your car registration and insurance documents with you, not in the car.
- Never leave the car's title in the car.
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