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Did you know that:

  • Over one million vehicles are stolen each year and that a vehicle is stolen every 23 seconds?

  • Vehicles are stolen for four basic reasons: joyriding; transportation; to commit other crimes; for commercial gain primarily through chop shops?

  • According to VINshield, New Haven-Meriden ranks fourth in auto theft in Connecticut behind Waterbury , Hartford and Bridgeport with 346.77 vehicles per 100,000 residents?

  • According to State Farm, the vehicles most often taken are Honda Accord, Toyota Camry and Nissan Maxima? Per VINshield, Toyota Camry, Honda Accord and Chevy Full-size Pickup top the list. 

Any vehicle can be taken either by a professional working solo or by amateurs working in pairs or groups. You can decrease the likelihood of that happening by exercising the following safeguards: 

  • Never leave your vehicle running and unattended. Take your keys with you.

  • Lock your vehicle when it is not occupied and keep all windows closed.

  • Keep all valuables, including cash, out of plain view if you are unable or unwilling to bring them with you.

  • Take registration and insurance information along with gas card receipts with you when not in the vehicle. A stolen vehicle could easily lead to a theft at your residence.

  • If you see any suspicious activity at or near your vehicle, report it immediately to the police and do not confront any stranger.

  • Invest in a security device for your vehicle. Some insurance companies offer discounts for participation in some cases.

Some available safeguards include Lojack, vin-etching, fuel cutoffs, ignition column guards, hood and door locks, steering wheel locks, guard plates for trunks, key-operated wheel locks, pedal jacks, the Club, and radio security devices.


Additional information can be found at the National Insurance Crime Bureau website or or contact university police at 25375.


 - Reference and statistical information courtesy of VINshield and State Farm