July is National Vehicle Theft Prevention Month and the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles is urging car owners to take steps to protect their vehicles from being stolenNew York State has seen a decline in car thefts and ranks as one of the safest states in the nation to own a vehicle. According to Federal Bureau of Investigation statistics New York has a rate of 77.4 thefts per 100,000 population which is the fourth lowest rate of vehicle theft in the nation.