Just under 1,000,000 vehicles are broken into, and stolen every single year. Is your car protected by Medallion?
Medallion Car Protection & The Hard Facts:
Vehicle theft had been trending downward for around 25 years until 2014. There had been a 46% drop in vehicle theft from 1991 - 2014. Thanks to law enforcement efforts and the creation of anti-theft programs, the number of break-ins and stolen vehicles went from 1,661,738 in 1991, to 765,484 vehicles in 2016. The uptick began in 2015 and has risen around 3.8% since then. Even worse, in the preliminary numbers for the first half of 2017, the numbers had risen by 4.7%. That is in turn due to new devices being used. There are now devices called Smart Keys that can eliminate the need to hot-wire your vehicle. Medallion Car Protection can make the entire difference.
Now we will be getting back to the statistics below.
According to the FBI's Uniform Crime Report, about 5.9 billion dollars were lost to motor theft in 2016 alone. That's an average loss of $7,680 dollars per incident.
I don't know about you, but I don't think most of us have seven grand laying around for an emergency to arise.
As a matter of fact, the average American under 35 has an average savings of $1,580 dollars. Replacing or recovering your vehicle doesn't always turn out to be a nice experience either. You can end up spending quite a bit to get it cosmetically back in shape, and even worst if the thief hit curbs, sidewalks or anything along those lines you'll be stuck paying for those damages out of pocket.
With so many different threats to your vehicle, and your finances, what have you been doing to protect yourself?
Common Practices to Prevent Car Theft:
Here is a list of practices that most people use to keep their vehicles protected:
- Keep your vehicle locked at all times, even while driving.
- When parked, never leave your keys in the car. ...
- Never leave your car running and unattended.
- Avoid leaving valuables inside your vehicle where passersby can see them.
- Do not leave your vehicle title in the car. Too often a car thief is pulled over and gets away from the police because he or she can produce the auto registration. (If multiple drivers use the vehicle, the best suggestion would be to hide the registration in a secret location in the car that only the owners know.)
- Know where you’re going. Avoid known high crime areas even if the alternate route takes longer.
- Install an anti-theft system in your vehicle if it doesn’t have one. Thieves are reluctant to steal vehicles if they know the cars can be recovered quickly. Many insurers offer discounts for the types of systems listed below.
- Thieves prefer to work in the dark. Be particularly cautious at night about where you park your car. Park it in a well-lit area if possible.
- Look around. Be aware of your surroundings, especially in garages, parking lots and gas stations.
- Have your car’s vehicle identification number (VIN) etched on each of the windows. Car thieves want to get off cheap. They don’t want to go to the expense of replacing all the glass.
- On an incline, leave your car in park or in gear with the wheels turned toward the curb or some other obstruction. This makes it harder for thieves to tow your vehicle.
- If confronted by a carjacker, do not resist. Cars can be replaced; you can’t.
What about Dealing with Professional Car Thieves?
Professional car thieves are responsible for the majority of car theft in the states.
When all of the above are taken into account, pro's will find a way around the cautious procedures.
Whether you have an Audi R8 or an '03 Civic you are a target. Most of the time you'll have your vehicle stolen and dismembered for parts. In the case of your R8, they'll steal it to get your vehicle to another country, or to fulfill an order for someone over seas.
Just the color of your vehicle can make it a target most of the time. White in particular happens to be a very popular color to steal, most likely due to it being the most common vehicle color on the road today.
Honda, Toyota, GM, and Acura are some of the most susceptible targets because they're easy to steal.
If you live in an apartment complex with poorly lit areas you should really abide by the rules laid out above. Don't leave your car unlocked just because your apartment complex has a gate, it's still exposed and potentially an easy target.
Another huge DO NOT is leaving your spare key in the car. It seems a little counter-intuitive to begin with but even I have left my spare stashed in the dash for a just-in-case situation. Even worse yet, if the key is found in your car and a thief gets a hold of it, they will only be docked for 'Joy Riding', which is a Misdemeanor. If they are caught they are at less risk of imprisonment so it make's the crooks life a whole lot easier. Don't victimize yourself like that, you'd just be making it too damned easy.
Along with the key in your vehicle, make sure you check for your 'valet key'. Most people don't even know that it is hidden away in their vehicles, but experienced car jackers do, and they know where to look. They are usually in older vehicles, but never-the-less, if you didn't know you had one, you wouldn't think to look for it.
This one was a new one for me, leaving your window open just an inch can make it easier to rock the window back and forth until it becomes loose from the mechanism that it rides up and down on electrically or even manually. Once it is lodged loose, the thief can push it down and manually unlock your door or climb in through the window. I know on hot days you want to leave the windows cracked, but for safety, you should keep them all the way up!
Now I know you're saying 'I've definitely done a few of these things, but don't feel over exposed, you can do some things to protect yourself further!
Our Solution to Keeping Your vehicle Safe:
There are several GPS tracking devices available on the market today.
The issue is: most of the products are either made by the same manufacturer, or White Labeled, which means most all have the same installation and functionality.
Most installations are plugged directly into your OBD-II Port, which sits directly underneath your dash, just slightly above your knees. I'm sure you've seen your mechanic plug their scanner into that port before.
A good thief knows to check that port first things first. If you have a device by Carlock, Hum, Linxup, or Brickhouse those devices are easily removed and disgarded, leaving your car untraceable.
THE PROBLEM SOLVER:
Our standard device works a like a Y connector. One end plugs directly into your original OBD port, and is then tucked away in the dash. The other end is a standard OBD port that is left out in the open to make it seem like there is nothing installed. All the while you would be able to track the thief too the minute and notify the police of their location.
Standard Features included with both devices:
Our special harness allows you to easily conceal your Medallion GPS in the vehicle so it's not easily discovered and removed
Your vehicles location will be updated during every ignition on and off, as well as every 5 minutes while driving, so you'll always know its current location
Text & e-mail notifications
Various alert settings allow you to get notified via text or e-mail on updates such as: low battery, speeding, ignition on/off, and geofence boundary crossings
Having a Medallion GPS installed in your vehicle may qualify you for an anti-theft device discount with your insurance provider
1st month of service included
Every Medallion GPS includes the 1st month of service, and $5.99 per month after
No obligations and no hidden fees; cancel your service at any time with no penalty
With the Pro device, we take it one step further. It is professionally installed at the ignition cable so it is completely hidden away. Another plus is because it is installed at the ignition cable it can be used with Motorcycle's, ATV's, and vehicles older than 1996.
We stealth install the device with a back up battery, so even if the thief kills the ignition and removes the battery to try to hide it away, you'll still know it's whereabouts and be able to recover your vehicle!
The last thing to help you fight back is a Kill Switch, that you will have access to directly from our mobile app(Apple & Android). The Remote Starter Disabler will allow you to disable your vehicles starter from the app, preventing anyone from turning on the ignition.
The Medallion is the ultimate tool to keep your personal vehicle protected. Along with the listed features above you are also going to be able to save anywhere from 10% - 30% with your car insurance provider. Make sure to ask about that next time you speak with Flo from Progressive.
You now have the tools, and knowledge to protect your vehicle from car thieves and joy riders!
Keep an eye out for our next post mid-week, next week, where we will be covering how to monitor your teenagers driving habits and safely monitor their location with discretion!