Saturday, October 22, 2011

10 Most Stolen Vehicles for 2010

The National Insurance Crime Bureau released it's "Hot Wheels" list of the 10 most stolen vehicles in the United States:

  1. 1994 Honda Accord
  2. 1995 Honda Civic
  3. 1991 Toyota Camry
  4. 1999 Chevrolet Pickup (Full Size)
  5. 1997 Ford F150 Series/Pickup
  6. 2004 Dodge Ram
  7. 2000 Dodge Caravan
  8. 1994 Acura Integra
  9. 2002 Ford Explorer
  10. 1999 Ford Taurus
For the first time in 8 years car thieves preferred domestic makes over foreign models.  It would appear Dodge and Ford are starting to make gains on the foreign market, but as you noticed above, still nobody wants a Chevrolet, even the crooks.
1994 Honda Accord

The good news is according to 2010 FBI statistics, there was a 7% decline in car thefts from 2009, the lowest number since 1967.  Continued advancement in theft warning and deterrent devices appears to be the main reason for decline.  As an example, in 2010 approximately 52,000 Honda Accords were stolen;  44,000 of those were made in the 90's versus only 5,700 stolen that were produced since 2000.

While the news on auto theft is encouraging, having your vehicle stolen can be financially difficult and time consuming.  In order to prevent being the next victim, I recommend taking the NICB's "Layer Approach to Auto Theft Prevention":

  • Lock your car and take the keys with you.  Don't slide them under the seat or on the visor which is where a car thief will look first.
  • Adequate warning devices, both visual and audible are highly recommended if your vehicle is not already equipped with one.  The use of a steering wheel locking device is the visual part that will usually make the thief move on to a better target.
  • Have a "kill switch", fuel cut-off, or smart key that keeps the vehicle from being started.
  • Install a tracking device which uses GPS to track the location of your vehicle if it is stolen and may even warn you as soon as the vehicle moves.
I recommend that you also do the following:

  • Keep your insurance card in your wallet or purse with your vehicle license plate number on it.  How many of you can tell me your license plate number right now if your vehicle was stolen?
  • Never leave your car running, particularly in your driveway or the quick mart. 
  • Do not leave cell phones, DVD cases, or any thing else of value on the car seats; lock them in the trunk.  This invites thieves to break into your vehicle who just may decide to take it for a little spin too.
  • Do not become a victim of a carjacking by making sure your doors are locked whenever you are inside your vehicle.
As I always tell folks, make a choice not to become a victim by being aware of your surroundings at all times.  May you and your family stay safe.

Crosshair Fire Investigations and Safety Consultants
Clayton, California
Ca. PI Lic. #27409
"Keeping the Bay Area Safe and Informed"

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