|2012 Dodge Challenger by Kate Tompkins|
The latest Hot Wheels report—the National Insurance Crime Bureau’s (NIBC) list of the ten most frequently stolen vehicles in the United States—has just come out. While I’m relieved my current ride isn’t on it, I’m rather surprised by what is. A pretty dull list, actually. Guess most thefts must be for parts, rather than people taking a sports car for a joy ride.
Thefts are apparently at their lowest rate since 1967. However, NICB President and CEO Joe Wehrle warns: “"While overall thefts continue to decline, we are seeing a trend toward increases in the thefts of late model vehicles − ones that are theoretically harder to steal due to sophisticated key code technology. 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.”
Which vehicles are they targeting? Here’s the 2011 list:
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
Even if your vehicle’s not on the “hot” list, it still makes sense to take precautions. The NICB recommends the use of warning, immobilizing and tracking devices, and, cheapest and simplest of all, always locking your car and never leaving the keys in it.