Vehicle Thefts in the San Rafael Persist Despite Prevention Tactics

Vehicle Thefts in the San Rafael Persist Despite Prevention TacticsSource: San Rafael Police Department
Eileen Vargas
Published on September 20, 2023

In the continuous battle against vehicle theft, the San Rafael Police Department (SRPD) remains steadfast in its efforts to prevent, investigate, and recover stolen vehicles. Over the last week, the department successfully recovered multiple vehicles throughout San Rafael, according to a tweet by the SRPD. While these recoveries constitute a small victory, there is still a long road ahead as we confront the persistence of vehicle theft in the United States.

During 2022, more than 1 million vehicles were stolen nationwide, and approximately half of these thefts resulted from driver error. As reported by San Rafael Police, a vehicle was stolen every 32 seconds, highlighting the severity of this issue and its impact on both individuals and society as a whole. The industry suffered a staggering loss of over $8 billion, with passenger cars accounting for about 74% of all stolen motor vehicles.

In an attempt to mitigate these alarming numbers and create a safer environment for vehicle owners, the SRPD shared a set of recommendations, including taking keys out of the vehicle, locking all doors and windows, and parking in well-lit areas when possible. Additional measures encompass the use of anti-theft alarms, vehicle immobilizing devices, and GPS-based theft recovery systems.