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On: Mon, Sep 26, 2011 at 5:07PM | By: Peter C Sessler

The Most-Stolen Used Cars

The economy is bad and everybody’s talking about it. But not to worry—if preliminary stats from the FBI crime division hold true, last year will have seen the fewest vehicle thefts since 1967. The most recent FBI crime statistics predict a 7.2-percent reduction in theft since 2009—the lowest rate in more than 40 years.

Now, that is really low, especially if you lived in the 1960s. The population was about 180 million vs. 305 million today and the number of cars considerably less than today. So, car theft must have been horrific back then.

Still, it’s no fun going to your car and finding it’s not there. A car is stolen every 26 seconds in the United States, costing the American public nearly $7.6 billion each year—ouch! And according to the National Insurance Crime Bureau's list of the most frequently stolen cars of 2008, auto theft can happen to anyone. What is the most-stolen vehicle in America? If you guessed a $3,500 1994 Honda Accord, followed by a 1995 Honda Civic, you’d be correct.

Now these aren’t exactly high demand cars, yet if you’re a car thief, they are. Perhaps they are easier than other cars to steal, but, in any case, since 2002 thieves preferred domestic makes over foreign brands, taking domestic brands including the Dodge Caravan, Dodge Ram, F-150, and the Ford Explorer. The top three brands were all imports—the Honda Accord, the Honda Civic, and the Toyota Camry—positions they’ve held since 2000.

Other competitors on the most-stolen list were the Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra pick-ups. Actually, the pick-ups and SUVs are stolen more in relation to their value than other contenders. According to the Highway Data Loss Institute, the value of a luxury SUV is more than six times as high as the average for all passenger vehicles. Work pickups are particularly attractive because of the extra trim lines and tools they carry.

Here are some of the things you can do to discourage car thieves…

Discourage car thieves
Make your car harder to steal. The Club or another steering wheel lock will do that; anything which makes the car harder (but not foolproof to stealing) will do that. Or you can get a tire claw which prevents one wheel from turning. Or you can get a length of chain and install the lock in a hard-to-reach place to discourage a thief.

Again, this sort of device adds to what the car-thief plans on doing. A decal will help, or perhaps just a decal might do the trick. An alarm, though, can be costly.

Engine kill
An engine kill-switch can prevent a vehicle from starting unless the engine computer gets a signal from a matching key. Still, the car thief may know where installers hide the circuitry—force of habit does that.

Of course, if a thief shows up with a flat-bed truck, well, you’re out of luck.

Here is the NICB’s list of the most-stolen cars, pickups, minivans, and SUVs during 2010:

1. 1994 Honda Accord

2. 1995 Honda Civic

3. 1991 Toyota Camry

4. 1999 Chevrolet full-size pickup

5. 1997 Ford F-150 pickup

6. 2004 Dodge Ram pickup

7. 2000 Dodge Caravan

8. 1994 Acura Integra

9. 2002 Ford Explorer

10. 1999 Ford Taurus



NEWZPHLASH | 11:44AM (Tue, Sep 27, 2011)

The 2004 Dodge Ram is the newest model on that list. I guess technology is doing its job with protecting our vehicles.

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