The U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) are committed to curbing vehicle thefts in Illinois by raising awareness about the rising numbers of stolen vehicles.

More Than 1 Million Vehicles Stolen in 2022

Last year, more than one million vehicles were reported stolen, reflecting a seven percent increase from 2021 and marking the highest theft rates since 2008. The impact of vehicle theft extends beyond economic consequences, often affecting the emotional well-being of vehicle owners, families, and communities at large. David J. Glawe, President and CEO of the National Insurance Crime Bureau, emphasizes, "Vehicle theft disrupts lives, causes financial hardship, and undermines community safety."

"Vehicle theft disrupts lives, causes financial hardship, and undermines community safety." - David J. Glawe, President and CEO of the National Insurance Crime Bureau

Ann Carlson, NHTSA Chief Counsel, concurs, stressing the widespread impact of vehicle thefts on Americans' livelihoods and the billions of dollars lost annually. As vehicle thefts continue to rise, the partnership between NICB and NHTSA plays a pivotal role in educating and empowering individuals to protect their vehicles.

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Prevent Your Vehicle from Becoming a Target

Here are some essential tips to safeguard your vehicle from theft:

  1. Choose Well-Lit Areas: Park your vehicle in well-lit and populated areas to deter potential thieves.
  2. Secure Windows and Doors: Always close and lock all windows and doors before leaving your vehicle unattended.
  3. Keep Valuables Hidden: Store valuables out of sight, either in the glove box or trunk, to avoid attracting thieves.
  4. Never Leave Keys Inside: Refrain from leaving your keys in the vehicle, even for a short period.
  5. Avoid Running Unattended: Never leave your vehicle running and unattended, even for a moment.
  6. Immediate Reporting: If your vehicle is stolen, report it to law enforcement and your insurer promptly, increasing the chances of recovery.
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Most Stolen Vehicles in Illinois

In Illinois, certain vehicles are particularly vulnerable to theft. According to NICB data, the top 10 most stolen vehicles in the state are:

  1. Jeep Cherokee/Grand Cherokee 2014
  2. Chevrolet Malibu 2020
  3. Dodge Charger 2020
  4. Toyota Camry 2007
  5. Nissan Altima 2015
  6. Ford Pick-Up (Full Size) 2005
  7. Chevrolet Impala 2008
  8. Chevrolet Pick-Up (Full Size) 2021
  9. Honda Civic 2016
  10. Honda Accord 2014

Preventing vehicle theft is a shared responsibility that requires vigilance from vehicle owners and communities alike. By following these simple yet effective measures, you can significantly reduce the risk of falling victim to this crime. Stay informed, stay cautious, and together, we can create a safer environment for our vehicles and our communities in Illinois.

[Source: NCIB.org]

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