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Former Auto Insurance Claims Manager

UPDATED: Sep 9, 2020

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Key takeaways...

  • Protecting your car takes more than a fancy lock
  • Anti-theft systems and burglar alarms are a good place to start
  • Some cars are more prone to being stolen than others

The National Insurance Crime Bureau publishes an annual report called the Hot Wheels report (not to be confused with those great cars Mattel produces).

The report highlights which vehicles were reported most stolen annually by vehicle make, model and year.

In August 2009, the report listed the TOP 10 Stolen Cars below as those vehicles with the highest rated of auto theft across the United States.

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Which cars are at risk?

Below is a list of the most stolen cars to date:

  1. 1994 Honda Accord
  2. 1995 Honda Civic
  3. 1989 Toyota Camry
  4. 1997 Ford F-150 Pickup
  5. 2004 Dodge Ram Pickup
  6. 2000 Dodge Caravan
  7. 1996 Jeep Cherokee/Grand Cherokee
  8. 1994 Acura Integra
  9. 1999 Ford Taurus
  10. 2002 Ford Explorer

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How can I prevent auto theft?

You can be a victim of auto theft anytime, however, there are a number of things you can do to help prevent car theft.

Most car thieves can easily jack open a car door; however, the simple task of locking a car door will many times steer away amateurs.

Most late model cars come with some kind of anti-theft deterrent device, however, these vary from make to model and some are better than others. An ignition lock or loud alarm are some of the most popular anti-theft devices to prevent your car from being stolen.

Very popular in many high-risk auto-theft states like California – electronic tracking devices help vehicles owners track their car in the event of a theft. Sometimes even just for the few minutes, a professional is running away with the car is enough to track them down.

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