PHILADELPHIA (WTXF) - New technology is presenting thefts with new methods to steal cars. More cars were stolen nationwide in 2018 than in any year since 2009, according to the FBI.
Frank Scafidi of the National Insurance Crime Bureau says leaving a fob in the car is the key reason for the spike.
Many times, people will leave their key fob in their vehicle instead of securing it which allows anyone to slip in an unattended vehicle and take off with it.
More than three-quarters of a million car thefts were reported in 2018. That's up 12.5 percent from 2014.
Car experts say that even though there are high-tech measures that can be taken to increase security for your car, the best thing you can do is take your key fob with you.