Vehicle theft is a growing concern across the United States, and Kentucky is no exception. The National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) and the U.S. Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) have shared tips to combat this crime and protect vehicle owners.

One Every 32 Seconds

According to NICB's analysis, over one million vehicles were reported stolen last year, representing a worrying seven percent increase from the previous year. This surge marks the highest number of vehicle thefts since 2008, with one motor vehicle stolen approximately every 32 seconds.


Prevention Goes a Long Way

David J. Glawe, President and CEO of the National Insurance Crime Bureau, emphasizes the devastating impact of vehicle theft on individuals and communities alike. Beyond the financial strain, stolen vehicles can take an emotional toll on their owners, affecting their livelihood and daily activities.

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Ann Carlson, NHTSA Chief Counsel, points out that vehicle thefts affect all Americans, costing billions of dollars annually. With a 25% increase in thefts over recent years, it is crucial for drivers to be vigilant and take preventive measures.

Keeping Your Vehicle Safe

To protect your vehicle from theft, follow these essential tips:

  1. Park in well-lit areas: Illuminated parking spots deter thieves and provide better visibility.
  2. Secure all windows and doors: Always close and lock all vehicle entry points when parking.
  3. Keep valuables out of sight: Hide valuable items, like electronics or bags, in the glove box or trunk.
  4. Never leave keys in the vehicle: Always take your keys with you, even if you're stepping away for a moment.
  5. Avoid leaving your running vehicle: Refrain from leaving your car running and unattended, as it presents an easy target for thieves.

If, despite taking precautions, your vehicle is stolen, act promptly. Immediately report the theft to law enforcement and your insurer. Reporting the incident promptly increases the chances of recovery.


Most Stolen Vehicles in Kentucky

Now, let's take a look at the top stolen vehicles in Kentucky, based on NICB's data:

  1. Ford Pick-Up (Full Size) 2006 - 495 thefts
  2. Chevrolet Pick-Up (Full Size) 2002 - 422 thefts
  3. Toyota Camry 2007 - 247 thefts
  4. Chevrolet Malibu 2020 - 194 thefts
  5. Ford Fusion 2017 - 193 thefts
  6. Honda Accord 2009 - 173 thefts
  7. Dodge Pick-Up (Full Size) 2001 - 162 thefts
  8. Nissan Altima 2016 - 156 thefts
  9. Chevrolet Impala 2008 - 148 thefts
  10. Toyota Corolla 2006 - 140 thefts

By staying informed and following these preventative measures, you can significantly reduce the risk of becoming a victim of vehicle theft. Let's work together to protect our vehicles and our communities.

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