Soundbites: Anti-Theft Technology
DEARBORN, Mich., Sept. 19, 2011 – Fewer Americans were victims of car thefts last year. The FBI’s annual Uniform Crime Report shows a 7.2 percentage decrease in auto thefts compared to 2010. Improved anti-theft devices and safety tips can help continue this downward trend. Unfortunately, potential thieves will not give up on their efforts to steal your car. But with the same persistence, Ford is constantly improving technologies and methods to keep vehicles secure for its customers.
Ford provides several technologies to better protect your investment:
Despite significant and ongoing improvements in security features, no system is foolproof. The goal of each preventative measure is to deter theft by making it more difficult for thieves to steal your vehicle.
For increased protection, Ford dealers also provide additional anti-theft safety services:
Everyday things you can do to protect against theft:
You might think most stolen vehicles are expensive sports cars or multipurpose passenger vehicles, but that’s not always the case.
It also doesn’t matter whether you live in a big city, the suburbs or in the country; anyone is susceptible to vehicle theft.
In fact, 40 to 50 percent of vehicle theft is due to driver error, which includes leaving vehicle doors unlocked and leaving keys in the ignition or on the seats.
But there are measures you can take to make sure your vehicle is not an easy target for thieves:
Finally, if you have information on an auto theft crime, first report it to police and then see if there is a theft prevention program like Michigan’s Help Eliminate Auto Thefts program (1-800-242-HEAT) that offers potential cash rewards for information on auto theft crimes.
FBI Uniform Crime Report-Motor Vehicle Theft by Region
Motor vehicle theft
To read the report, click here.
About Ford Motor Company
Ford Motor Company, a global automotive industry leader based in Dearborn, Mich., manufactures or distributes automobiles across six continents. With about 166,000 employees and about 70 plants worldwide, the company's automotive brands include Ford and Lincoln. The company provides financial services through Ford Motor Credit Company. For more information regarding Ford's products, please visit www.ford.com.