Auto Theft Facts       


Montgomery County Auto Theft Division


* Nearly half of all stolen vehicles are left unlocked and approximately 20% are stolen with the keys in the ignition.

* Many people do not realize leaving your keys in the ignition with the motor running is against the law.

* Many vehicle thefts occur at the owners residence.  Other "hot spots" are malls, shopping centers, hotels and churches.

* Most stolen vehicles are at least four years old.

* More than two-thirds of all auto theft occur at night.

* Anti theft devices stop many amateurs and slow down professionals, making that target more difficult.


Types of Car Thieves

The Amatuer:

* Steals a vehicle ro get from point A to point B (joy ride).

* Steals for drug money.

* Steals to commit another crime.

* Steals for gang initiation.

Notice: Driving a friend or family members vehicle without permission can be reported as a theft.

The Professional:

* Steals for parts resale (chop shop).

* Steals to changhe the identity of the vehicle for resale to unsuspecting victim.

* Steals to have the vehicle export out of the county.


Things to be aware of when buying a used car.


* Be suspicious of any deals that are "too good to be true".

* Make the sure the tiutle and registration match the name of the person selling the car.

* Ensure the VIN (vehicel identification number) is secure on the dash.

* Make sure the VIN on the dash matches the VIN on the title, registration sticker, and inspection.

* Check the ignition for damage and tool marks (from being tampered with).

* Be aware of a fresh paint job.  This may indicate an attempt to change the vehicle's identity.

Note: It does not matter who you are or what you do, if you buy a stolen car it will be confiscated and you will not be reimbursed for the money paid.  Do your research before making the purchase.

** information obtained for the Watch Your Car Publication for the Texas Automobile Theft Prevention Authority.


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