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
* 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.
* 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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