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America's Most Stolen Vehicles

by the Editors of MSN Autos,

The National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) released in February 2005 the top 6 most stolen vehicles in during the 2003 calendar year. They are the 2000 Honda Civic, the 1989 Toyota Camry, the 1991 Honda Accord, the 1994 Chevrolet C/K 1500 Pickup, the 1994 Dodge Caravan, and the 1997 Ford F-150.

The NICB recommends following a "layered approach" to make cars less attractive to thieves. The four layers are:

  1. Common Sense - Lock your doors and take the keys.
  2. Warning Device - install an alarm or other warning device.
  3. Immobilizing Device - If you want to, you can go a little more sophisticated and install a fuel cutoff or a smart key that prevents the car from being driven.
  4. Tracking Device - the most expensive, but most efficient deterrent is the use of a tracking device, such as LoJack.

There are many reasons that thieves prefer some vehicles over others, but data suggests some cars are stolen for the value of their parts, which may explain why the same make and model are targeted in sequential years. And don't forget that vehicle thieves follow market trends and target the most popular vehicles because they provide the best market for stolen vehicle parts and illegal export to other countries.

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