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Statistics show July and August worst months for vehicle thefts

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WATERLOO (KWWL) -

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) a motor vehicle is stolen every 44 seconds in the United States.

The agency reports 40 percent of vehicle thefts involve mistakes by drivers.

It recommends drivers always take their keys with them and close and lock all windows and doors when parked.

Police recommend drivers follow similar protocols.

Captain Tim Pillack of the Waterloo Police Department said vehicle thefts encourages drivers to know their license plate numbers and the make, model and color of their vehicle.

He said knowing this information will help officers track down the vehicle quicker.

The NHTSA reports 52 percent of stolen vehicles are actually recovered.

While data from the NHTSA shows an increase in vehicle thefts in July and August, Pillack said there's not a similar trend on a local level.

According to online reports, there were 89 vehicle thefts in Waterloo in 2011, and 106 in 2012.

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