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The most-stolen cars in America, and how to avoid being a victim of auto theft

The most-stolen cars in America, and how to avoid being a victim of auto theft

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Thefts of motor vehicles in the United States are on the rise. Thefts of popular models are on the rise as criminals profit more from reselling or stripping them for parts as their values and prices rise. Hot Wheels, the National Insurance Crime Bureau’s annual report on the most commonly stolen vehicles, was recently released for 2021.

Research Top 10 Most Stolen Car Brands of 2021 (e.g., Cadillac):

Like in 2020, full-size trucks from Chevrolet and Ford are at the top of the list, followed by a who’s who of well-known cars, trucks, and SUVs. Consistent with police data, many of the listed vehicles are from the early 2000s. Members of the California Highway Patrol who were interviewed by The Sacramento Bee recently said that older vehicles with turnkey ignition systems are preferred because of their convenience for car thieves. When compared to the most common models on the road at the time, it’s easy to see why Chevy and Ford pickup trucks from 2004 and 2006 topped the list of most stolen vehicles in the United States in 2001.

Research conducted by the National Insurance Crime Bureau corroborate this idea, finding that the prevalence and desirability of a vehicle on the streets are factors in its likelihood of being stolen. The staggering statistics show that in 2021, nearly 50,000 full-size pickup trucks will be stolen. Third place went to the Honda Civic, which had over 30,000 thefts, and fifth place went to the Toyota Camry, which had around 17,000.

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The rising cost of both new and used cars may be a result of supply chain shortages that have persisted for some time. All used vehicles are more expensive due to inventory shortages and sustained high demand, which encourages theft with the intent of exporting the vehicle for disassembly in another country. They’re both useful whole and for their increasingly pricey component parts.

Having said that, is there anything you can do to safeguard your vehicle from theft? Even if you’re driving one of the most commonly stolen vehicles, there are steps you can take to reduce your car’s attractiveness to criminals.

Tips on how to keep your car safe from thieves

Tend to the car’s locks

Locking the doors is a no-brainer when it comes to keeping your vehicle secure. A burglar might be discouraged enough to look for an easier target if they have to spend more time than usual trying to break through a locked door. They could simply break a window and get the job done, but locked doors serve as an additional deterrent that might make a difference.

Organize the car’s clutter.

It’s not a good idea to display expensive items or other items of value inside your vehicle. The presence of valuables such as a wallet, purse, or cash in plain sight signals to would-be car burglars that the vehicle is probably worth breaking into. A car thief may be interested in more than just loose change and old CDs, but you shouldn’t give them any reason to break into your vehicle.

Find a secure parking spot.

Leaving your car in a well-lit, secure garage is preferable, but it isn’t always an option. Parking on the street under a light or in a busy area is preferable to a dark garage or lot. In order to discourage car theft, it is best to make your vehicle as unattractive as possible.

Get digital

However, even though car alarms are helpful, thieves have occasionally discovered ways to disable or disarm them. A vehicle tracking system and vehicle immobilizer is an excellent way to prevent your car from disappearing. There are a number of low-priced options available, and many of them have helpful mobile apps.

Article first published on Autoblog on Thu, 11 Aug 2022 15:30:00 EDT about the most commonly stolen vehicles in the United States and how to protect yourself from becoming a victim of auto theft. Feed usage is subject to our terms and conditions.