The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is on a mission to prevent auto thefts — and even has a month to spread awareness to the fullest.
July is National Theft Prevention Month, when the federal agency and others point out how often cars are stolen in the U.S., and what can be done to keep that from happening to you. The numbers behind vehicle thefts are eye-popping: An estimated 773,139 motor vehicles thefts happened nationwide in 2017, at a cost of more than $5.9 billion. Only 40.9 percent of stolen vehicles are recovered, according to the NHTSA.
Washington had the fourth highest amount of vehicle thefts in 2017, trailing only California, Texas and Florida — the nation’s three most populous states.