Is your car on the hot list,for the top 10 most stolen cars?
The National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) has just released its list of Hot Wheels, which lists the 10 most stolen vehicles in the United States. Examining data that is submitted to the National Crime Information Center (NCIC) by law enforcement, the report determines the vehicle make, model and year reported stolen the most in 2010.
The only report that takes into account all theft data, Hot Wheels does not consider the insured status of a vehicle. This allows the report to give a more complete and accurate view of what vehicles are being stolen. For example, some older model cars and trucks are stolen because of the value of their parts, but many of these older vehicles are not insured against theft. New, more expensive vehicles are more likely to be insured and when stolen to be resold or even shipped out of the country. Consequently, Hot Wheels has information on all reported thefts, not just those that are insured against theft.
Car theft is continuing to decline and early FBI crime statistics for 2010 indicate a reduction of 7.2% from 2009. If this trend continues and the numbers stay solid, when the FBI posts final statistics later in this year, 2010 will have the fewest vehicle thefts reported since 1967.
For the first time since 2002, car thieves have chosen to steal more domestic brands than foreign brands with six domestic automakers in the top 10. The following is the list of the top 10 stolen vehicles in order beginning with the most popular for theft:
1994 Honda Accord, 1995 Honda Civic, 1991 Toyota Camry, 1999 Chevrolet Full Size Pickup, 1997 Ford F150 Pickup, 2004 Dodge Ram, 2000 Dodge Caravan, 1994 Acura Integra, 2002 Ford Explorer and 1999 Ford Taurus.
The NICB suggests car owners follow its “layered approach” to protect their auto from theft. These low-cost suggestions can make the vehicle less attractive to the auto thief:
Common Sense: Lock your car and take your keys.
Warning Device: A visible or audible warning device can make the difference of whether the thief chooses your car or another.
Immobilizing Device: Kill switches, fuel cut-off and smart keys are very effective…if they can’t start your car, they can’t take it.
Tracking Device: These are extremely effective in helping law enforcement recover stolen vehicles.http://automotivediscovery....%9D-for-2010/929694/http://editorial.autos.msn....cp-documentid=434545