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Driving in the US is more dangerous than in Kenya, Romania, or Algeria
Driving in the US is more dangerous than in Kenya, Romania, or Algeria

Given America's extensive system of highways and byways, it's easy to forget that many of our roads aren't as safe as they seem. As we've reported many times before, U.S. streets are in a serious state of disrepair--and don't get us started on bridges. America isn't alone in that, though. To prove...Read More»

Vehicle thefts caused by owners leaving their keys inside (via NICB)
The #1 way to protect your car from thieves: don't leave your keys inside

When car thieves cruise through town looking for targets, certain things get their attention--things like unlocked doors, or vehicles parked on dark, deserted streets. But you know what really turns their heads? A glimpse of a key or key fob left inside a car. It's an increasingly common sight...Read More»

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Detroit is America's most dangerous city for drivers

This summer, many of us will take road trips, hitting the open highways, rolling down the windows, and letting the wind blow through our hair. That'll be a welcome change of pace from the bumper-to-bumper traffic and crowded parking lots we endure the rest of the year. No doubt about it, city...Read More»

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Car thieves still love California

Today, many Californians are driving to the polls to cast votes in federal and state primaries. Let's just hope they remember to lock their cars while they're in the voting booth. According to the National Insurance Crime Bureau, California remains America's most popular state for car thieves. In...Read More»

2014 Ford F-150
The 10 Most-Stolen Vehicles In America

Everybody loves a "top ten" list. At work, at home, in the dentist's office, we happily tumble into slideshows of the world's Top Ten Vacation Spots, America's Top Ten Entrepreneurs, or for the meta-minded, David Letterman's Top Ten Top Ten Lists. ALSO SEE: Report: Jeep Cherokee, Infiniti Q50...Read More»

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Chevrolet Adds Theft Alarm Feature: Now Your Car Can Text You If It's Being Stolen

General Motors' OnStar service debuted in 1996, just as cell phones were evolving from expensive, ugly, shoe-sized appliances into sleeker, trimmer accessories that could easily be stowed in a pocket or purse. OnStar's premise of embedding that kind of anytime, anywhere communications technology in...Read More»

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Over 40% Of You Are Worried About Your Car Being Stolen Right Now

Between the Halloween B-movies filling cineplexes and "sexy Ebola" costumes littering the internet (real ones this time), the world's a scary place. But according to a recent Gallup poll, ghouls and goblins aren't what's keeping most of you up at night. Car theft, on the other hand? That's a...Read More»

Thefts of 2013 model-year vehicles, January 1, 2012 - June 30, 2014. (via NICB)
Ford F-Series, Chevrolet Silverado Are The Least-Recovered Stolen Vehicles In America

The National Insurance Crime Bureau has just published a report on U.S. car thefts that may serve as a wake-up call to owners of older vehicles (and drivers of pickup trucks). READ: Volkswagen, Audi Top Other Brands In 2014 Total Value Index The report focused on 2013 model-year vehicles stolen...Read More»

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And The Most-Stolen Vehicle In America Is...

In movies, car thieves often favor exotic, rare rides like Lamborghinis, Bugattis, and vintage Mustangs. But according to the National Insurance Crime Bureau (and our own personal experience), real-life thieves usually opt for more mundane targets. ALSO SEE: 5 Car Brands That Customers Don't Buy...Read More»

2013 Ford Escape
NICB Reveals Most-Stolen SUVs In America: Ford Nabs Gold, Silver, And Bronze

Generally speaking, auto thieves gravitate toward cars, especially perennial targets like the Honda Accord and Civic. But as everyone knows, SUVs and crossovers are big business in America, and they're not immune to crime. Which SUVs and crossovers rank highest with the nation's ne'er-do-wells? The...Read More»

LoJack 2013 vehicle theft and recovery statistics
Honda, Toyota, Ford Remain Popular With Car Thieves, According to LoJack

LoJack -- the maker of security and recovery devices for cars -- has put together some statistics on auto theft in the U.S. They're not as thorough or as useful as stats from the FBI or the National Insurance Crime Bureau because they focus solely on vehicles with LoJack systems (obviously, to tout...Read More»

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Like To Leave Your Car Running On Cold Mornings? You Could Be In For A Nasty Surprise

It's a chilly morning across much of America, and if you're one of the millions planning to hit the road, you may be tempted to zip outside, crank the engine, and let your car warm up. That sounds totally logical, but if you live in Ogden, Utah (population: 83,793), doing so could yield a very...Read More»

Subject ready for EEG recording (photo by Petter Kallioinen)
Forget Fingerprint Scanning: New Anti-Theft System Identifies Drivers' Brain Waves

It's hard out there for a thief -- and it's getting harder. Once upon a time, all the bad guys needed to do was find an unlocked vehicle. Now, they've got to fight their way past kill switches, LoJack devices, and OnStar -- not to mention the impending arrival of digital license plates...Read More»

2014 Mercedes-Benz S Class
The 10 Luxury Rides That Car Thieves Love

The Highway Loss Data Institute recently reported on the Ford F-250 pickup's popularity among car thieves. But as nice as the F-250 can be, the National Insurance Crime Bureau knows that some brand-conscious baddies have a taste for high-end marques. And so, it's published a list of the ten luxury...Read More»

Thief Stealing a Car
And The Most-Stolen Vehicle In America Is...

Summertime is busy season for car thieves. From July 4 through the end of August, baddies shift into high gear, nabbing vehicles left at home during long summer vacations and those parked in dodgy locations by unsuspecting road-trippers. So it's appropriate that the Highway Loss Data Institute has...Read More»

2011 Ford Escape
5 Crossovers & SUVs That Car Thieves Love

Crossovers and sport-utility vehicles are big business in the U.S. -- not just among shoppers, but also with car thieves. Could your ride be targeted next? The National Insurance Crime Bureau has sifted through nearly five years of data to identify the most-stolen models and the areas of the...Read More»

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New Year's Day Is The 2nd Most Popular For Car Thieves

Crime never takes a holiday. In fact, popular holidays can be a bonanza for bad guys (and gals), and one of their favorites is coming up tomorrow. According to the National Insurance Crime Bureau, Halloween is the busiest holiday for car thieves, with 2,328 vehicles reported stolen in 2011. Just a...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»

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Want To Steal Gas In Public? You Might Get Away With It

Long before gas prices climbed into $3 territory, stealing the stuff has been going on. With older cars, the process was fairly straightforward: drop one end of a hose into the “donor” gas tank, siphon until the unmistakable taste of gasoline hits the tongue, drop the other end into the...Read More»

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