How to Protect Work Trucks Against Theft

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July 2022
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Is your work truck in danger?

Full-size Ford, Chevy, GMC, and Dodge trucks all made the list of the top ten most stolen vehicles in the NICB "Hot Wheels" report.

NICB, the National Insurance Crime Bureau, releases an annual report on the most stolen vehicles. For the past two years in a row, full-size Ford trucks came in at the number one spot for most stolen automobiles.

Chevy full-size pick-ups followed in the number two spot, full-size GMC pick-ups earned the seventh place, and full-sized Dodge pick-ups came in at number ten on the list.

The Top 10 Most Stolen Vehicles

According to NICB, the top ten most stolen vehicles are:

  1. Ford Full Size Pick-up
  2. Chevrolet Full Size Pick-up       
  3. Honda Civic
  4. Honda Accord
  5. Toyota Camry
  6. Nissan Altima
  7. GMC Full Size Pick-up
  8. Toyota Corolla
  9. Honda CR-V
  10. Dodge Full Size Pick-up


How to Protect Works Trucks Against Theft

Want to protect your work vehicle and keep it from becoming a statistic? Follow these recommendations to help keep thieves away from your investment.

Don’t Be Complacent

"Auto thefts saw a dramatic increase in 2020 versus 2019 in part due to the pandemic, an economic downturn, law enforcement realignment, depleted social and schooling programs, and, in still too many cases, owner complacency," said David Glawe, president and CEO of the NICB.

Don't take your truck's safety for granted. Use common sense measures to protect your vehicles.

  • Park your truck in a well-lit area
  • Lock your doors and remove your keys from the ignition
  • Don’t leave valuables in plain sight

Make Theft Harder

Don't be an easy mark for thieves and criminals. Outfit your commercial vehicles with theft-deterrent measures such as:

  • Audible alarms
  • Steering column collars
  • Steering wheel/brake pedal lock
  • Brake locks
  • Wheel locks
  • Theft-deterrent decals
  • Identification markers in or on vehicle
  • VIN etching
  • Micro dot marking

Utilize Smart Devices

Technology is making everything easier in our lives, including protecting our vehicles. Smart devices can help immobilize your truck and prevent hotwiring while tracking devices can help authorities locate your vehicle if the worst does happen. Explore smart immobilizing and tracking devices such as:

  • Smart keys
  • GPS tracking devices
  • Fuse cut-offs
  • Starter, ignition, and fuel pump disablers
  • Kill switches
  • Wireless ignition authentication

Stay Covered

Comprehensive commercial auto insurance coverage is designed to cover theft of your vehicle plus stolen car parts or damage done during an attempted theft.

To make sure you're properly protected, be sure that you're carrying commercial auto coverage for your work vehicles.

 If you are relying on your personal auto insurance policy to protect your work truck, you could be in trouble if you need to file a claim. If your vehicle is used for business purposes, only commercial auto coverage is designed to protect it against theft, damage, and more.

To learn more about the ways commercial auto coverage works, contact your trusted insurance professional to discover the right coverage for your needs. Just because your work truck is in danger from theft doesn't mean you have to be left paying for a new one if the worst-case scenario should happen to you.

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