Once every 43.8 seconds, a vehicle is stolen in the United States, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Thefts like these cost millions of dollars for owners and insurers and cause insurance premiums to skyrocket –
making everyone a victim.
According to a report from the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB), a whopping 48,206 Chevrolet Silverado full-size pickups were stolen in 2021, up from 40,968 trucks stolen in 2020.
NICB also noted that nearly one million vehicles in total were stolen last year and that 14 percent of those vehicles were Chevy, Ford, or GMC full-size pickups.
TO PREVENT YOURSELF FROM BECOMING THE NEXT VICTIM
- Truck camper owners should always remove ignition keys or fobs from the vehicle, lock doors and windows, and park in well-lit areas. At night ensure your keyfob is not in your cab-over area.
- Utilize your truck’s anti-theft features. Whether factory installed or after-market.
- Many modern trucks come factory equipped with an immobilizer – an electronic system designed to prevent unauthorized keys from starting your vehicle. The immobilizer is designed to detect that a proper key is being used to start your vehicle. If the system doesn’t detect the properly coded key, it prevents the vehicle from starting.
- Tracking devices are very effective in helping authorities recover stolen vehicles. Some systems combine GPS and wireless technologies to allow remote monitoring of a vehicle. If the vehicle is moved, the system will alert the owner, and the vehicle can be tracked through a computer or cell phone.
The more layers of protection on your truck and camper,
the more difficult it will be to steal.