Do you own one of the top 10 most-stolen vehicles?
The National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) just released Hot Wheels âˆ' its list of the 10 most-stolen vehicles in the United States. The report examines vehicle theft data submitted by law enforcement to the National Crime Information Center (NCIC) and determines the vehicle make, model and model year most reported stolen.
The most-stolen vehicles in 2011 were:
1994 Honda Accord
1998 Honda Civic
2006 Ford Pickup (Full Size)
1991 Toyota Camry
2000 Dodge Caravan
1994 Acura Integra
1999 Chevrolet Pickup (Full Size)
2004 Dodge Pickup (Full Size)
2002 Ford Explorer
1994 Nissan Sentra
Once again, 2011 is on track to continue the national vehicle theft decline. Preliminary 2011 FBI crime statistics indicate a 3.3 percent reduction from the 737,142 thefts recorded in 2010. Vehicle thefts have not been this low since 1967.
"While overall thefts continue to decline, we are seeing a trend toward increases in the thefts of late model vehicles âˆ' ones that are theoretically harder to steal due to sophisticated key code technology," said NICB President and CEO Joe Wehrle.
"Today's vehicle thieves are typically professional criminals who have figured out how to get the key code for a specific vehicle, have a replacement key made, and steal the vehicle within a matter of days. We are aware of nearly 300 thefts that took place in the first three months of this year in which we believe replacement keys using illegally obtained key codes were used to steal the vehicle. We are working closely with our member companies, law enforcement, and the vehicle manufacturers to track these illegal key code transactions and stop the thefts or recover the stolen vehicles before they can be resold here or shipped out of the country to be sold overseas."
Even one theft is one too many if it happens to you. Use these 4 simple, low-cost suggestions to make your vehicle less attractive to thieves:
- Common Sense: Lock your car and take your keys. It sounds simple, but many thefts occur because owners make it easy for thieves to steal their cars.
- Warning Device: Having and using a visible or audible warning device can also ensure that your car remains where you left it.
- Immobilizing Device: If your vehicle can't be started, it's less likely to be stolen. "Kill" switches, fuel cut-offs and smart keys are among the devices that are extremely effective.
- Tracking Device: A tracking device emits a signal to the police or to a monitoring station when the vehicle is stolen. Tracking devices are very effective in helping authorities recover stolen vehicles. Some systems employ "telematics," which combine GPS and wireless technologies to allow remote monitoring of a vehicle. If the vehicle is moved, the system alerts the owner and the vehicle can be tracked via computer.
Thinking about buying a used vehicle?
Use VINCheck to check whether or not the vehicle you are considering buying has been reported stolen. This service is free to consumers.
Union members: Use the no-hassle Union Plus Auto Buying Program to purchase a new union-made vehicle and you could qualify for up to $550 in rebates.