WASHINGTON, July 20, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Following is the daily "Profile America" feature from the U.S. Census Bureau:
Profile America — Monday, July 20th. It took a while after the invention of the gas-powered automobile by Karl Benz in Germany in 1886 for someone to steal the wheels. The first stolen car is said to be of a French aristocrat's Peugeot in Paris in 1896. In this country, the first auto theft is believed to have occurred in St. Louis in 1905. But this slow beginning has become an all-too-robust present. With July and August being the peak months for automotive thefts, this is National Vehicle Theft Protection Month. The goal is to raise public awareness of the danger, and remind drivers to above all take their keys and lock their vehicles. Nationally, a motor vehicle is stolen on average every 44 seconds, and safeguarding against this threat contributes to the insurance industry's annual revenue of over $1.6 trillion. You can find more facts about America from the U.S. Census Bureau online at www.census.gov.
First theft: http://listverse.com/2008/07/12/top-10-fascinating-firsts-in-motoring/
First U.S. auto theft: http://www.answerbag.com/q_view/1980149
Frequency of auto theft: www.nhtsa.gov/Vehicle+Safety/Vehicle-Related+Theft/Theft+Prevention
Insurance carriers/NAICS 5241: http://factfinder.census.gov/faces/tableservices/jsf/pages/productview.xhtml?pid=ECN_2012_US_52I1&prodType=table
Profile America is produced by the Center for New Media and Promotions of the U.S. Census Bureau. These daily features are available as produced segments, ready to air, on the Internet at http://www.census.gov (look for "Multimedia Gallery" by the "Newsroom" button).
SOURCE U.S. Census Bureau