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Escalade Tops the List of Late-Model Stolen Cars

Caddy tops list for fourth year.

by on Aug.25, 2011

The Cadillac Escalade EXT tops the lost of stolen vehicles, according to a new report.

Bling, bling…gone.

For the fourth year in a row, the big Cadillac Escalade, a favorite among rappers and professional athletes, tops the list as the car more likely to be stolen, according to a new report by the Highway Loss Data Institute.

The trade group’s data show that four different versions of the Escalade rank high on the list of 2008 to 2010 vehicles thieves targeted, with the Cadillac Escalade EXT, an SUV/pickup blend, ranking at the top of the list.  On average, it experienced 14 claims per 1,000 registered vehicles – eight times higher than the average vehicle covered by the study.  Overall, theft claims for the Escalade resulted in average insurance payouts of $10,555.

Stay in the Loop!

The HLDI study reveals that Detroit brands top the theft charts – and that thieves seem to prefer pickups and SUVs.  In fact, eight of the top 10 are either General Motors or Ford trucks.  The other two slots were filled by Chrysler, with two versions of its big 300 sedan.

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Hackers Use Smartphone to Steal Subaru Outback

With more tech onboard are cars becoming easy prey?

by on Aug.09, 2011

Hackers break into a Subaru Outback using nothing but a smartphone.

Today’s cars are loaded with digital technology, from the engine controllers that maximize mileage while reducing emissions, to their increasingly popular multi-function infotainment systems.  But have these silicon-based devices also made our cars increasingly vulnerable to high-tech thieves?

That’s the chilling message delivered by two researchers who appeared at the Black Hat Conference, an annual gathering of hackers and security pros in Las Vegas, this last week.  Using nothing but an Android smartphone and some creative programming, they were able to not only unlock a Subaru Outback but start up its engine.

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“I could care less if I could unlock a car door. It’s cool. It’s sexy,” Don Bailey, a senior security consultant with iSEC Partners and one of the pros who hacked the car, told CNN. “But the same system is used to control phone, power, traffic systems. I think that’s the real threat.”

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Honda Leads List of Most-Stolen Cars

But Detroit models gain popularity with thieves.

by on Aug.03, 2011

The 1994 Honda Accord was the vehicle most often targeted by car thieves last year.

Honda and Toyota products topped the latest list of the cars most frequently targeted by thieves – but Detroit models are becoming increasingly popular, as well, according to a report by the National Insurance Crime Bureau.

On the positive side, preliminary FBI data show that car theft is continuing to decline, with the numbers down about 7.2% last year which, if the statistics hold up, would make it the lowest figure since 1967, according to the NICB.

The Inside Story!

The 1994 Honda Accord topped the “Hot Wheels” list prepared annually by the Crime Bureau – its third year in a row at the top — followed by the 1995 Honda Civic.  Rounding out the top three was the 1991 Toyota Camry.  But there was only one other import among the Top Ten, the 1994 Acura Integra, which was eighth.  Domestic-made products, including the 1999 Chevrolet Silverado and 2002 Ford Explorer, made up the rest of the list.  It was the first time since 2002 that more Detroit models made the list than import brands.

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