By Cara Beth Lewis
July is National Vehicle Theft Prevention Month. According to the North Carolina Traffic Safety Administration, “In 2019, about three-quarters of a million vehicles were stolen in the United States—and nearly half of those thefts were due to driver error.”
It is essential to practice safe habits when it comes to your vehicle. Whether it’s maintaining a safe speed while driving, parking your car in the appropriate location, or investing in anti-theft devices, practices such as these can potentially save drivers from significant inconvenience and loss.
Contributed from NCDOT:
Since 1921, N.C. License and Theft Bureau has been working to prevent car theft and fraud. As the department celebrates the bureau’s centennial year, here are a few tips to remain safe:
- Always lock your car and keep all your important belongings with you.
- Park in secure and safe areas.
- Invest in anti-theft devices.
- Never leave your vehicle unattended and running.
“Theft and fraud prevention starts with you,” says License and Theft Inspector Hannah Grimes. “Be safe, be smart and always lock up.”
For more information about the License and Theft Bureau and more theft prevention tips, click here.