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NICB’s ‘Hot Wheels’ Lists The Most Stolen Cars In The U.S. 3
Posted by Kurt Ernst in Automotive, Car Theft, Kurt, News, NICB on 08 3rd, 2011

The 2002 Ford Explorer, one of the most stolen cars in the US. Image: Ford Motor Company

If I asked you to name the most stolen car in the U.S., what would you pick? The Cadillac Escalade? The BMW 3 Series? Maybe the Ford Mustang or the Chevy Camaro?

The correct answer is “E, none of the above.” According to the National Insurance Crime Bureau, the most stolen car in America last year wasn’t flashy and you won’t find it in poster form on anyone’s bedroom wall. If you’re lucky and have a very clean, low mileage example for sale, you might get $3,000 for it, and it certainly won’t stand out in a shopping mall parking lot. The car? A 1994 Honda Accord.

The Accord is followed by the ’95 Honda Civic, the ’91 Toyota Camry, the ’99 Chevy Pickup (full size), the ’97 Ford F-150, the ‘04 Dodge Ram, the ’00 Dodge Caravan, the ’94 Acura Integra, the ’02 Ford Explorer and the ’99 Ford Taurus. There isn’t a single dream car on the list, and even the highest value model wouldn’t net more than $10k in a retail sale. So why are these particular cars stolen?

There are several reasons, but the key ones are ease of theft and number of vehicles on the road. The ’94 Accord and Integra fit the “easy to steal” model, while the F-150 and Chevy pickups fit the “plenty of inventory” model. In some cases (the Hondas), cars can be stripped down for in-demand parts, which help to generate relatively easy money. In other cases (like the ’99 Ford Taurus), I can only assume they’re stolen for basic transportation.

How do you keep your car safe? Aside from the obvious “always lock it with the keys out of the ignition” and “park in well-lighted, heavily traveled areas,” the NICB recommends adopting a layered approach to security. No alarm or anti-theft device in the world will stop a determined thief, but making your car harder to steal than the one parked next to you will go a long way, especially in high theft areas like mall parking lots and college campuses.

If you want more details, including state-by-state listings of the most stolen vehicles, check out the NICB Hot Wheels report.

Source: NICB

Car Thefts Plummet To 1967 Levels 22
Posted by Kurt Ernst in Automotive, Car Thefts, Kurt, News, NICB on 06 22nd, 2011

There’s good news for car owners: the last time vehicle thefts were this low was 1967, when there were a whole lot less cars on the roads to steal and technologies like LoJack and smart keys were still decades off. In 2010, 737,404 cars were stolen in the United States, which is a decline of 7.2 percent from 2009’s already low 794,616 thefts.

The National Insurance Crime Bureau attributes the decline to two primary factors: improved anti-theft technology, now incorporated into even base-model cars, and increased efforts by law enforcement to target car thefts. Fresno, California, and the surrounding area had the highest auto theft rates, and California took the dubious honor of having eight cities in the top ten for auto theft. State College, Pennsylvania laid claim to having the lowest rate of auto theft in the nation, and just in case you’re wondering, you’re 27 times more likely to have a car stolen in Fresno than you are in State College.

Source: Left Lane News