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How to Keep Your Car From Becoming a Theft Statistic

High-tech thieves create new challenges.

by on Aug.29, 2016

A thief uses a laptop computer, possibly to pair his own key to the Jeep's electronic ignition.

Police in Houston have finally nabbed two suspected crooks responsible for a rash of more than 100 car thefts. But what’s worrying authorities is that they introduced a new, high-tech wrinkle into their toolbox.

According to police, the pair used a laptop computer and software intended to allow Fiat Chrysler dealers to work on vehicles without having the owner’s key. There’s growing concern that sophisticated cyber-thieves are finding new ways to steal vehicles, something that could lead to a surge in car thefts after two decades of decline.

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Even though the numbers have been falling, FBI statistics show that about 500,000 cars, trucks and crossovers are stolen each year – about one every 44 seconds. And, all too often, owners make it all too easy – the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reporting that roughly half of all car thefts are the result of owner error. (more…)

Summer Means Rising Temps and Car Thefts

Prevention is easy.

by on Jul.11, 2016

The summer months brings a rise in temperatures, sun burns and car theft. A little common sense will deter thieves.

The summer driving season is upon us and Americans are driving more than ever and apparently that’s good news for car thieves as more motorists means more opportunities.

Summer, particularly July and August, are the busiest time for auto thieves, according to LoJack, the anti-theft device maker.

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“Vehicle theft is a very expensive crime, with the cost of stolen vehicles pegged at more than $4.1 billion — that’s billion with a B,” the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said in a statement. “And July is one of the months when more cars are stolen than any other month.” (more…)

Car Theft on the Rise in the US

Pair of Honda’s still most stolen vehicles.

by on Feb.17, 2016

After years of steady decline, car theft rose slightly, 1%, in the first half of 2015, according to the FBI.

Gas prices may be dropping, but the rate of car theft is not, according to new statistics from the FBI, stolen car rates are up 1% through the first half of 2015.

While a small increase may not seem like much, car theft is the only property crime that rose during that period and it had been trending downward in recent years.

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The silver lining is that the statistics only account for the first six months of last year so there is a reasonable chance that they could shift to the other side of the ledger. (more…)

California is Nirvana for Car Thieves

Golden State dominates top 10 list for 2014.

by on Jun.25, 2015

San Francisco and Oakland led the nation in car thefts per capita in 2014. California had seven areas in the top 10.

The Golden State is the land of golden opportunities for car thieves as California was home to seven of the top 10 areas for vehicle theft in 2014, according to a recent report.

More cars were stolen from San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward metro area per capita than any other area in the country: a combined 29,093 stolen cars in 2014, or 633.3 thefts per 100,000 people.

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California took the top three spots in the country, said the National Insurance Crime Bureau’s (NICB) annual “Hot Spots” report. In fact, California had 15 of the 30 cities on the report. In one sense, California sitting atop the list isn’t entirely surprising: it has the most cars. Combine that with the climate, which helps cars remain in better condition, and it adds to the equation. (more…)

Motorists Make it Easy for Thieves by Leaving Keys in Cars

Theft with keys growing, even as overall car thefts dip.

by on Apr.28, 2015

A growing number of cars are being stolen when motorists leave keys in their vehicles.

Automakers have gone to great lengths in recent years to make it more difficult to steal a car. Some owners, however, are going to great lengths to make it easy again.

According to the National Insurance Crime Bureau, or NICB, at least $750 million worth of vehicles were stolen between 2012 and 2014 because motorists left the keys inside. And NICB President Joe Wehrle says, “I’m sure the numbers are probably higher,” but owners aren’t likely to admit the fact when they file a police report or insurance claim.

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California topped the list of states where the problem occurred during the three-year period. Texas was next on the list, followed by Florida, Michigan and Ohio.

If you leave out the cars stolen because of owners leaving the keys inside, the NICB says overall vehicle thefts would have dropped to a nearly 50-year low in 2014.

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Car Thefts Plunge By More than Half

Better technology, increased enforcement keep thieves at bay.

by on Dec.17, 2014

Car thefts surged in the 1970s and '80s, but the numbers have been falling since 1991's peak.

There may be far more cars on the road, but car theft has plunged 58% since 1991’s all-time high, according to newly released FBI data.

Increased law enforcement and enhanced automotive technology have combined to make it tougher on car thieves, though nearly 700,000 vehicles were still snatched in the U.S. last year.

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Nonetheless, “It means that if you own a vehicle, your chances of having it stolen today are statistically and significantly less than at any other time since 1960,” according to a new analysis of the FBI data by the National Insurance Crime Bureau, or NICB.

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A Dozen Ways to Keep Your Car from Being Stolen

Don’t become a statistic during National Vehicle Theft Protection Month.

by on Jul.25, 2014

A car is stolen every 44 seconds in the U.S., but there steps owners to can take to lower the odds.

Despite a nationwide crackdown, car theft remains a major problem, and according to government statistics, a vehicle is stolen in the U.S. about every 44 seconds. As the title of a recent movie suggested, a thief may need as little as 60 seconds to break in and then drive off with your car.

But you don’t have to become an unhappy part of those statistics. Driver error is responsible for as much as 50% of vehicle theft, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Some common sense steps can reduce the odds of having your vehicle stolen – while you can also improve the odds of recovering your car, truck or crossover if it is snatched.

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The simplest step is to always remember to lock your car – and then take the key. Even with today’s remote keyless entry systems, a surprising number of motorists still don’t bother to close their windows and lock their vehicles up. Many people will even leave their keys in a cupholder or even in the ignition. You might as well put a sign on the windshield, “Steal Me.” (more…)

Honda Accord is America’s Most Stolen Vehicle

Honda Civic second in annual “Hot Wheels” report.

by on Aug.21, 2013

The 1996 Honda Accord was the single most frequently stolen vehicle in America during 2012.

The Honda Civic was the nation’s most frequently stolen vehicle, while the maker’s Civic model came in second on the annual Hot Wheels report from the National Insurance Crime Bureau.

The trade group revised the latest version of its study, no longer focusing on individual model-years but combing all years of a particular make and model. The NICB now also lists the top new vehicles that were stolen in 2012.

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The latest Hot Wheels study coincides with what appears to be a reversal of an eight-year downward trend in car thefts. The NICB expects thefts to rise by about 1.3% in 2013.

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Ford F-250 Becomes Car Thieves’ Favorite Target

GM pickups, SUVs nab eight of top 10 spots in annual theft list.

by on Jul.09, 2013

The country's most popular vehicle, at least among car thieves: the Ford F-250.

The big Ford F-250 pickup has become the favorite of U.S. car thieves, according to a new report, replacing the Cadillac Escalade, the luxury SUV that had topped the theft chart for nearly a decade.

But the big Caddy fell to only sixth place in the annual survey by the Highway Loss Data Institute, and the HLDI found that Cadillac’s parent General Motors still had eight of the top 10 spots in terms of theft claims.

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Pickups, in particular, proved extremely popular with thieves during the 2010 to 2012 timeframe covered by the new study, accounting for the first five vehicles on the list.  Following the four-wheel-drive crew cab version of the F-250 were: (more…)

Car Thieves Offer a Reprieve on Xmas – But Watch Out New Year’s Eve

Holiday season presents big risks for motorists.

by on Dec.19, 2012

Happy New Year?

The holidays may be a time to spread joy, but be careful you don’t let a car thief sour your good cheer.

A new study ranks the final week of the year as one of the riskiest when it comes to getting your car stolen – though the good news is that even the bad guys seem to take a break on Christmas day.

Among 11 major holidays (okay, an even dozen if you include Groundhog Day), the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICD) reveals Christmas landed last in terms of the total number of vehicles stolen in the U.S. in 2011, at 1,347.  In fact, Christmas had the lowest rate of car theft of any day in 2011, holiday or not.  Groundhog Day, at 1,491, was second-lowest.

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Apparently, all those tricksters were helping themselves to some expensive treats on Halloween, which ranked number one on the list with 2,328 vehicles stolen.

Close behind, however, was New Year’s Day, at 2,286, followed by Memorial Day, at 2,005, and Labor Day, at 1,977.

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