The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has released some data on stolen cars, revealing that only 52 percent of stolen vehicles are recovered.
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Now that we know the mid 1990s Honda Civic and Accord hold the top two spots amongst car thieves, what cars do thieves avoid most?
Well, aside from the BMW 5-Series, the common denominator on this list is that these cars are all pretty dull. Interestingly, midsize SUVs and German sedans are among what the Highway Loss Data Institute deems to be undesirable to car thieves. These vehicles are likely on the list because they have proper anti-theft mechanisms that go beyond a mere alarm system. On the other hand, the Chevrolet Aveo is a rolling anti-theft system in itself.
Here’s the Top 10 car that thieves dislike:
- Audi A6 all-wheel-drive, large luxury car
- Mercury Mariner (2009-10) small SUV
- Chevrolet Equinox (2010) midsize SUV
- Volkswagen CC (2009-10), midsize car
- Chevrolet Equinox four-wheel-drive (2010) midsize SUV
- Lexus RX 350 (2010) midsize luxury SUV
- Saturn Vue midsize SUV
- Chevrolet Aveo (2009-10) mini station wagon
- BMW 5 series all-wheel-drive large luxury car
- Mini Cooper Clubman 2-door car
[Source: USA Today]
You know how car alarms go off and no one pays any attention to them? Sure, they’re annoying, but now that we’re used to them, it just becomes part of the urban white noise. Forget installing a car alarm – if you want to protect your car against theft, just paint it pink.
We’re not sure if the girlish paint job would scare off car-jackers from taking your Lamborghini Murcielago LP 670-4 or Audi R8. But the one thing we are sure about is that car thieves are in the business of making money, and they know that the most popular colors will bring in the highest resale value. Here’s the breakdown of the most popular colors in 2010: White came in first with 20 percent of new car consumers picking this color, followed by 17 percent in black and silver, and 13 percent chose blue. Even though a white and a yellow car cost the same price, the resale value of the white car can be up to $1,000 more.
So the colors that will keep those pesky thieves away from your car are yellow, gold, brown, beige and other bright colors (like pink). They have a lower resale value, and are more likely to stick out if a car thief is trying to make a clean get-away.
And there’s a study to back this information up. A study in the Netherlands detailed car thieves’ preferences – from 2004 to 2008, the most commonly colored vehicle stolen was black, followed by gray/silver cars. And what about the 109 pink cars they used in the study? You guessed it – not one was stolen, proving that a bright and uncommon color may be as effective deterrent as an expensive security system. Ben Vollaard, who conducted the research, says, “If the aversion to driving a car in an offbeat color is not too high – or if someone actually enjoys it – then buying deterrence through an uncommon car color may be at least as good a deal as buying deterrence through an expensive car Audi R8 device.”
[Source: Family Home Security]
Thief targeting vehicles from high-end rental car agencies
Car thefts are a daily occurrence in any major city and aren’t worthy of much media attention, until the cars being nabbed happen to have names like Rolls-Royce and Lamborghini.
Such is the case in Toronto, Canada where police now believe a thief is targeting high-end vehicles. The cars in question include a Lamborghini Gallardo, a Mercedes-Benz CLS55 AMG, a Lexus LS470 SUV and a Rolls-Royce Phantom – valued at $350,000.
All the vehicles were stolen on either July 6th or 7th from high-end rental car locations, including Affinity Luxury Car Rentals. Each vehicle was rented legitimately and then not returned, and because the renter had to provide photo ID, the police have a pretty good idea who they are looking for: Ibrahim Mehraliyev, a native of Azerbaijan now living in a Toronto suburb.
Anyone with information that might lead to an arrest is asked to contact the York Regional Police.