The Preliminary Annual Uniform Crime Report
issued by the FBI shows overall motor vehicle thefts in the U.S. dropped by 7.2 percent in 2010
. The report shows motor vehicle theft statistics by city population, by county type, by year, and by region.
The largest drop was in cities with populations between 100,000 and 249,999 with 9.4%. Metropolitan areas saw a larger drop than non-metropolitan areas (11.9% to 11.4%), and the Southern US saw the largest drop of any region with a 9.5% decrease in thefts.
Ford reported on its website in a related story that 40 to 50 percent of vehicle theft is due to driver error. This includes leaving vehicle doors unlocked and leaving keys
Ford also provided a short list of basic theft-prevention tips that fleet managers could pass on to their drivers:
Always take your keys; never leave them in or on your vehicle
- Always close and lock all windows and doors when you park
- Park in well-lit areas
- Keep your vehicle in a garage, if possible
- Never leave valuables in your vehicle, especially where they can be seen
- Never leave the area while your vehicle is running
Keep your vehicles safe at all times by following these tips and keeping a close eye on your property. And of course, protect your company from fuel theft with a fleet card!
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