ALBUQUERQUE (KSMX)- More than 10,000 motor vehicles were stolen across New Mexico in 2018, according to FBI crime reports.
As July is one of the leading months for vehicle thefts, it is also National Vehicle Theft Prevention Month and AAA New Mexico is reminding automobile owners to take steps to protect their vehicles and valuables. According to the FBI, a motor vehicle is stolen every 42 seconds in the U.S., at an average value of $8,407 per incident, totaling $6.3 billion per year. Most vehicle crimes in New Mexico occur in parking garages/lots or at the victim’s home.
“There are many steps vehicle owners can implement to help prevent thieves from stealing their vehicle and valuables,” said AAA New Mexico spokesperson Daniel Armbruster. “Unfortunately, in many instances, drivers are leaving their doors unlocked, key fobs or valuables behind, and that will only invite criminals to take advantage of the situation.”