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Auto theft

Auto theft occurs every 23 seconds.
Top 25 stolen cars
Basic rules to protect your vehicle from being stolen:
* Never leave your car running and walk off, even if you lock it (of course with a spare key in your pocket). You’re telling the car thief “Go ahead, I dare you”, not realizing it would only take an experienced thief about 10 seconds to enter and drive off with a “turn key” vehicle. Yours!
* Security devices will help prevent auto theft but if the thief “wants” your type of vehicle he will find a way.
Protecting your car from theft.
* Windows up! Doors locked!
* Never hide car keys in or on the car.
* Choose parking spaces close to buildings where it is likely someone would see the car theft in progress.
* Keep in mind, a car thief in a shopping mall parking lot may be just waiting for someone to park and go off shopping giving him ample time to steal your car. That’s where “The Club” may cause him to take the car next to yours.
Top 25 Stolen Cars in the USA (1999)
1. 1989 Toyota Camry
2. 1990 Toyota Camry
3. 1991 Toyota Camry
4. 1988 Toyota Camry
5. 1997 Ford F-150 4×2 P/U
6. 1994 Honda Accord EX
7. 1995 Honda Accord EX
8. 1996 Honda Accord LX
9. 1990 Honda Accord EX
10. 1994 Honda Accord LX
11. 1994 Chevrolet C1500 P/U
12. 1992 Honda Accord LX
13. 1991 Acura Legend
14. 1995 Ford Mustang
15. 1987 Toyota Camry
16. 1990 Honda Accord
17. 1995 Honda Accord LX
18. 1989 Chevrolet Caprice
19. 1988 Honda Accord LX
20. 1991 Honda Accord EX
21. 1992 Honda Accord EX
22. 1995 Dodge Neon
23. 1991 Honda Accord LX
24. 1989 Honda Accord LX
25. 1996 Honda Accord EX
For two years in a row the top stolen American made vehicles are the full size pickup trucks. As shown, 20 of 25 top stolen autos are Japanese made vehicles. The Toyota Camry and Honda Accord topped the most stolen car list for the third year in a row. Why not steal more valuable luxury cars like the Lexus, Mercedes or Cadillac? Could it be that there is money to be made by unscrupulous auto body shops and scrap yards by selling stolen car parts to repair the popular Honda and Toyota cars of this vintage? What do you think?
The top ten areas with port facilities or near international borders that recorded the greatest number of vehicle thefts were:
1. Los Angeles (65,243)
2. New York (46,709)
3. Philadelphia (30,355)
4. Phoenix (29,868)
5. Houston (28,263)
6. Miami (20,977)
7. Riverside/San Bernadino (19,821)
8. San Diego (18,685)
9. Seattle (18,304)
10. Oakland (17,293)