|Rank||Vehicle||Most Frequent Vehicle Year Stolen|
|4||Chevrolet Pickup (Full Size)||1999|
|5||Ford F150 Series/Pickup||1997|
Jacked: The 10 "Hottest" Cars
As we reported yesterday, consumers are choosing to buy a new Honda less frequently than has historically been the case. But for thieves, the opposite is true: According to the National Insurance Crime Bureau, the 1994 Honda Accord and 1995 Honda Civic are hotter than a Bar Rafaeli photoshoot. How is it that a 17-year-old sedan and a 16-year-old fuel sipper top this list, and not something nicer, like a Mercedes, or a Lexus? Parts. There's a reason why used Accords, Civics, and Camrys have been the most stolen cars for the past 11 years: They are still very popular, and their engine, suspension, electrical, audio, and interior parts command high-dollar value on the black market. Well trained and well-equipped thieves can strip a car of its valuable parts in minutes, whereas most luxury vehicles are less desirable and better protected. The NICB recommends a tiered approach to protecting your ride. First, use common sense. Yes, some people really do leave their keys in the car—in the ignition even!—and fail to lock the doors. Secondly, use a visible or audible warning device. While an accomplished veteran will get through your steering wheel's lock in seconds, it's an extra step for a novice, and one that may make your car not worth the trouble. Next, NICB recommends an actual deterrent like a kill switch or an ignition disabler. Though a thief might still get your ride, it will be a lot more difficult if the engine won't turn. Lastly, NICB recommends a GPS tracking device. This is more useful for a car-jacking than a thief in the night, but nevertheless, in most instances, police will find your car, and fairly quickly. Of course, if these measures don't work--they won't, and if a thief is determined enough, get a newer car! Source: NICB
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