The Top 5 Stolen Cars in New Jersey in 2020
2020 saw the highest number of vehicle thefts in over a decade and the trend has continued in 2021.
AAA urges vehicle owners to always lock their vehicles and take the keys. This small effort will save car owners time, money and heartache, according to the advocacy group.
According to the latest New Jersey statistics from the National Insurance Crime Bureau, more than 12,000 people reported their vehicles stolen in 2020.
According to AAA Insurance, the average claim for stolen vehicles was over $11,000, which is not always covered by insurance.
Over the past five years, nearly 64,000 vehicles have also been reported stolen in New Jersey.
These were the top five vehicles reported stolen in the Garden State.
1. Honda Accord
3. Ford pickup
4.Jeep Cherokee/Grand Cherokee
AAA spokeswoman Tracy Noble said locking car doors gives people peace of mind and acts as a deterrent to thieves.
Never leave the car running with the keys in it.
It’s leaving someone open to becoming a victim. Even if the driver quickly walks into a convenience store or drops something off at a friend’s, turn off the ignition and take the keys.
Never leave the keys in the vehicle.
Although the “keyless” function is convenient for the car owner, it is also convenient for the thief who can steal the car just by pressing a button.
Always lock the car.
Even without the keys, thieves are more likely to steal an unlocked car than a locked one. Noble said before you go to bed at night either go to a window in the house or the front door and just click the lock button on the set of keys from inside just to make sure the vehicle in the driveway or garage is locked.
Park the car in a garage or a well-lit area
Whether at home, at the mall, or on the road, always try to park in an area where suspicious activity would be noticeable.
Keep valuables out of sight.
Use the vehicle’s trunk or storage compartment to store your shopping bags if you’re going to multiple stores. Never leave loose change, money, credit cards, cell phones, GPS devices in the vehicle interior where people can see them.
“While there are people who think, who don’t, unfortunately there were 12,000 people in 2020 who may not have done these simple things and are the result of a stolen vehicle “Noble said.