Car Theft

Four Things Car Thieves Love To See
Four Things Car Thieves Love To See

Car theft is on the decline--and today, the chances that your vehicle will be stolen are lower than any time in the past 15 years. The FBI estimates that in 2010, some 737,142 vehicles were stolen in the U.S., a drop of more than 7 percent from the year before. The National Highway Traffic Safety...Read More»

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Car Theft Season Shifts Into High Gear On July 4

Earlier today, we told you that July 4 is an especially deadly day for teen drivers. Well, we hope you're sitting down, because July 4 is also the start of the busy season for America's car thieves. The news comes from the Federal Bureau of Investigation, which has found that July and August are...Read More»

NICB - 2011 Hot Spots
California Has Seven Of 10 Car Theft Hot Spots: NICB

Vehicle thefts continued to decline for the eighth consecutive year, with preliminary FBI estimates of 2011 vehicle thefts showing a 3.3-percent drop from the year before. But if you live on the West Coast, the news from the latest report from the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) isn’t...Read More»

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Don't Be A Statistic: 6 Tips To Prevent Car Theft

Worried about car theft? Well, we have good news and bad news. The bad news is that auto theft continues to be a major problem. According to the most recent FBI data, 737,142 vehicles were stolen in 2010, with losses totaling $4.5 billion. Also bad: criminals are smart, and they're getting smarter...Read More»

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Lojack: Honda Accord, Toyota Camry Among Most Stolen

Lojack is in the business of keeping your car in your driveway, and the vehicle tracking company recently released its third-annual vehicle theft report. In 2011, the company helped recover some 10,261 stolen vehicles, which works out to an impressive 92-percent recovery rate. Last year, the most...Read More»

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Holidays Are Big For Car Thieves: Watch Out This Season

With Christmas right around the corner, and New Year’s Eve and Day quickly following, it’s a good time to be extra vigilant about car thieves on the prowl. Data from the National Crime Information Center (NCIC) for vehicle theft in 2010 shows the following 11 holidays provided thieves...Read More»

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6 Ways To Protect Yourself From Car Thieves This Holiday Season

The holidays, as we all know, are for sharing. But what we might not have picked up from all those Christmas specials on TV is that the holidays are also for stealing -- specifically, stealing cars. And yet, the National Insurance Crime Bureau says it's true. The NICB ranked 11 U.S. holidays...Read More»

2009 Toyota Camry
Toyota Camry Most Stolen Vehicle In 2009: NHTSA Report

When you think of the type of cars most likely to get stolen, a family car like the Toyota Camry doesn’t usually come to mind. But the fact is that the Camry has been at or near the top of most-stolen vehicles for quite some time and is again for 2009, according to a new report from the...Read More»

2009 Toyota Camry
Toyota Camry, Audi S8: Top Targets For Car Theft

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has released new data on U.S. car theft, and the statistics aren't especially surprising. According to the report, more Toyota Camrys were stolen than any other vehicle in America, but performance models like the Audi S8 actually had the highest...Read More»

2009 Ford Explorer XLT
Rental Agency Recovers Stolen SUV With Facebook

Jennifer Marshall Hansen seemed like any other Affordable Rent-A-Car customer when the 42 year old woman rented a 2009 Ford Explorer from the Salt Lake City company. When Hansen failed to deliver the vehicle on its September 1 return date, the Utah-based rental car company went through the normal...Read More»

Car thief breaking into car. Image courtesy of Rocky Mountain Tracking.
Car Theft Down 7.2 Percent In 2010

While the preliminary results from the annual FBI Uniform Crime Report showing that auto theft decreased 7.2 percent in 2010 is certainly encouraging, the fact remains that a motor vehicle theft occurs in America every 42.8 seconds. Nationwide, there were an estimated 732,141 motor vehicle thefts...Read More»

2009 Cadillac Escalade
Cadillac Escalade Once Again The Darling Of Thieves

Families appreciating the luxury appointments and roominess of the Cadillac Escalade also know that their insurance premiums are rather costly compared to other large SUVs and family sedans. It’s not hard to figure out why, since it's been thieves’ top target for the past several years...Read More»

NICB's Hot Wheels
1994 Honda Accord Tops List Of Most Stolen Vehicles In 2010

It’s a dubious distinction, especially for one of the perennial best-selling family cars in the United States, but the 1994 Honda Accord tops the list of most stolen vehicles in 2010. According to a report from the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB), “Hot Wheels,” almost...Read More»

2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee vehicle information iPhone app
Today's Car Thieves Can Use Cell Phones, Not Slim Jims

If you have a new car, equipped with the latest in cellular-network-based security, we’ve got bad news for you. A group of hackers has proven that they can find a vehicle’s specific location, remotely unlock it, and start it using nothing more than a simple cell-phone-initiated text...Read More»

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L.A. Carmageddon, Gas Prices And Saab: Today's Car News

The end may be near at Saab, where the company can't make payroll and is offering suppliers ten cents on the dollar. [TheCarConnection] Car theft may be down in the past year, but it's little consolation if you're living in California. [FamilyCarGuide] Is MyFord Touch to blame for Ford's big drop...Read More»

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Ryan Dunn Dies, Britney Back With Beetle: The Week In Reverse

Jackass star Ryan Dunn died in a 130-mph collision in his Porsche, violently and senselessly--in the way of most drunk-driving accidents. [MotorAuthority] Carmageddon will strike soon in Los Angeles when the 405 closes for a day. Have no fear: Erik Estrada has all the deets. [TheCarConnection]...Read More»

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Vehicle Thefts In The U.S. Hit Lowest Levels Since 1967: Video

The future ain't what it used to be -- and neither is car theft. In fact, vehicle theft has been on the decline for the past seven years, and in 2010 it hit rates that haven't been seen since Lyndon Johnson was in office. (Translation: a long time.) The news comes from the National Insurance Crime...Read More»

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