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MassDOT, MAPFRE Insurance Reminder: July is Vehicle Theft Prevention Month

The summer of 2021 is bringing more family and friend gatherings as more vaccines are distributed across the state. Unfortunately, with the lifting of COVID-19 restrictions, the nation is seeing an increase in crime, including vehicle theft. Vehicle thefts are at a 10-year high, up nearly 10% in the country, and higher in some metropolitan areas, according to the National Insurance Crime Bureau.

Vehicle theft is a very expensive crime, with the cost of stolen vehicles pegged at more than $5.9 billion. In 2019 alone, there were 721,885 motor vehicles stolen, and that has only increased drastically since the pandemic began. Out of all motor vehicles stolen, only 56.1% were recovered, and 74.5% were passenger cars. July is National Vehicle Prevention Month and to help vehicle owners keep their cars safe, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) offers the following tips to help prevent theft:

  • Park your car in a well-lit area.
  • Close and lock all windows and doors when you park.
  • Put away your valuables and make sure they are out of sight.
  • Do not leave your keys in your vehicle.
  • Do not leave the area while your vehicle is running.
  • If you suspect your vehicle has been stolen, call 9-1-1 immediately. Many vehicles are found just a few miles from where they were stolen.

Not only is the increase a result of the pandemic, but recent studies have also shown that the new vehicle technology of keyless ignition has caused many car owners to forget that their micro-chipped key fob is inside the car. Americans spend hard-earned money on vehicles — vehicles that transport families to sporting events, workers to jobs, kids to school, and so much more. Don’t become another statistic: protect your vehicle from theft.

Even the safest of drivers can find themselves in need of assistance, which is why the MassDOT Highway Assistance Program sponsored by MAPFRE Insurance is here to help with fixing minor mechanical problems, flat tires, fuel shortages, and emergency situations. The Highway Assistance Program drivers monitor some of the state’s busiest highways and turnpikes around Metro Boston, Worcester, Springfield and Cape Cod (seasonal). The Highway Assistance Patrol covers 13 major state roadways and interstates, the Emergency Service Patrol covers the Mass Pike (I-90) from New York to Boston and the Incident Response Operators cover the Metropolitan Highway System and tunnels. The Highway Assistance Patrol is in service Monday–Friday between the hours of 6 a.m.–10 a.m. and 3 p.m.–7 p.m. During holidays, there are extended routes in heavy traffic areas. On I-90, and in Boston’s tunnel system, assistance is provided 24 hours per day, 7 days a week.

Written By

Keith Jensen

Senior Vice President, Northeast Business Development

MAPFRE Insurance

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