Vehicle theft is the most expensive property crime in America. The National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) has compiled statistics on the most commonly stolen vehicles in the United States. You might be surprised by what they found:
|Top 10 Vehicles Stolen In The U.S.|
|4.||Ford F150 Pickup (Full Size)|
|6.||Dodge Ram/Pickup (Full Size)|
|8.||Jeep Cherokee/Grand Cherokee|
The most surprising thing about these lists is the conspicuous absence of expensive luxury models. Auto theft is often a crime of opportunity. Thieves looking to strip a car for parts generally steal cars which have the greatest market for parts. These are generally older cars or cars which are most popular with American consumers, not brand new expensive automobiles. Kids looking to go for a joyride or petty thieves looking for stereo equipment are not necessarily looking for the nicest car in the lot. More often than not, they are looking for the easiest car to steal. DON'T MAKE THEIR JOB EASY!
Tips For Protecting Your Vehicle From Theft
- Do not leave your keys in your car or leave your car running while unattended, not even for a few seconds. What could be easier for a thief than to slip behind the wheel of your idling vehicle and drive away.
- Leave doors locked and windows rolled up at all times. Getting into the car is half the battle. Don't allow the thief free admission.
- Park in well lit well traveled areas. Although it may only take a thief a few seconds to steal your car, he would prefer not to be seen while doing it.
- Keep valuables and packages out of sight. These may draw the thief's attention to your vehicle. Once inside, the thief may decide to steal your car as well as your valuables.
- Use deterrent devices like car alarms, steering wheel locks (club type), electronic kill switches or other devices on the market. Although none of these devices are foolproof, they will make your car a more difficult target.