'Hot Wheels': America’s most stolen cars
All the cars that thieves want most. Is your car on the list?
Compiled by the National Insurance Crime Bureau, its annual "Hot Wheels" report examines vehicle theft data submitted by law enforcement to the National Crime Information Center and determines the vehicle make and model reported as most stolen in 2012.
Older Honda Accords and Civics were by far the most stolen models in 2012. The 1996 Accord led the list with 8,637 thefts. In fact, the top 16 most stolen vehicles by year are Accords and Civics from 1990-2000. Of course, there were more of these cars on the road those years, but by comparison, newer Hondas are rarely stolen, thanks to improved anti-theft technology.
Each year, the NICB reviews all NCIC vehicle theft records to produce its national and state lists of the 10 most stolen vehicles. "Hot Wheels" is the only report that examines all theft data without regard to a vehicle’s insured status; if a vehicle was reported stolen to law enforcement, it is captured in this report.
Here are the 10 most stolen vehicles in 2012:
1. Honda Accord
2. Honda Civic
3. Ford F-150
5. Toyota Camry
7. Dodge Ram
10. Nissan Maxima
According to the NICB, the peak year for auto theft was 1991 with 1,661,738 vehicles stolen. If the FBI’s preliminary 2012 vehicle theft estimate holds, there will have been roughly 724,672 thefts. That’s a national decrease of over 50 percent since the 1991 peak.
A new list from the NICB may hit a bit closer to home for many car owners. These are the 10 most stolen 2012 model-year vehicles:
4. Toyota Camry
5. Ford Fusion
6. Ford F-150
7. Ford Focus
8. Chrysler 200
10. Dodge Avenger
Even if you drive an older Honda, there are ways to keep your car off the list. Here are some suggestions from the NICB.
Common sense. Lock your car and take your keys. It’s simple enough, 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 is another item that can ensure your car remains where you left it.
Immobilizing device. Generally speaking, if your vehicle can’t be started, it can’t 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 will alert the owner and the vehicle can be tracked via computer.
I used that bar that locked on your steering wheel that made it impossible to steer. A car thief got right through that thing.
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