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Tuesday, July 14th. 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 Trenton, New Jersey in 1902. 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.

Nationally, around three-quarter million vehicles are stolen every year, and safeguarding against this threat contributes to the 32,000 insurance carrier’s annual revenues of over $2 trillion.

You can find more facts about America’s people, places and economy, from the American Community Survey, at

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