According to the FBI Uniform Crime Report – 2012 – auto theft continues to rise – notably in states such as California, where some areas have seen an increase in motor theft up to 60%. The increase is being felt at auto dealerships across the country who are beginning to realize they need help in protecting their inventory.
Motor vehicle theft is topping the charts as the #1 property crime in the U.S.
Statistics From the Report Indicate:
- California – auto theft is up 13.7% in the entire state from 2011–2012. Eight of the top 50 and 15 of the top 105 cities for auto theft are all California metro areas. Specifically, the San Jose/Santa Clara metro area increased 61.33% from 2011–2012 (from 6,881 to 11, 101 thefts).
- Detroit – Detroit/Warren/Livonia metro area ranked eighth on list of top metro areas for stolen vehicles with 19,294 thefts in 2012
“Auto theft is up across the board according to the latest FBI Uniform Crime Statistics, and this includes thieves targeting dealerships,” says Pat Clancy, VP of LoJack Law Enforcement.
Randy Ortiz, CEO of LoJack, highlights 5 ways that thieves are targeting dealerships:
- Test drive theft – Offer false proof of identification and never return with the vehicle
- Accessing the key theft – Swap keys upon test driving the vehicles, and return to the lot to steal after hours
- Fraudulent theft – Provide false credit / identity information to purchase vehicles
- Technology gone bad theft – Learn to hack into passcode locks and new security technology
- Inside job theft – Dealership employees use inside information, such as VIN numbers to steal vehicles
Case Studies Point to Solutions for Specific Types of Theft:
A customer test driving a BMW 335 at a California dealership liked the car so much that she decided to take it home with her – but she didn’t bother buying it first.
An Audi dealership is the victim in this case when a customer purchased a high end vehicle with a very bad check.
What Should Your Dealer Manager Be Working on Today?
- With motor vehicle theft topping the charts as the #1 property crime in the U.S., LoJack fills a clear market need for an effective stolen vehicle recovery solution.
- Take advantage of the launch of a new digital dealer training website, the LoJack learning Management System, to train your staff in what to look for and how to prevent theft.
For more information on protecting your dealership from motor vehicle theft and learning more about informative resources for participating dealerships, be sure to visit the LoJack website specifically for auto dealers today!