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Since the months of July and August are the worst months for vehicle thefts, AutoGuide has assembled a list of tips that, if followed, may help you keep your car.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has released some data on stolen cars, revealing that only 52 percent of stolen vehicles are recovered.
According to a report by the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB), Christmas Day has the lowest theft figure for a holiday while New Year’s Day is the busiest official holiday for vehicles thieves.
LoJack released its third annual Vehicle Theft Recovery Report with plenty of interesting facts based on stolen vehicles and those recovered with the LoJack system.
In 2011 alone, LoJack helped law enforcement in the U.S. recover 10,261 stolen vehicles with the Honda Accord leading the pack of all-time most stolen and recovered. Second place went to the Toyota Camry, while the rest of the list (in order) were the Honda Civic, Acura Integra, Toyota Corolla, Nissan Altima, Nissan Maxima, Cadillac Escalade, Chevrolet Tahoe, and Ford F-250 Pickup.
As for the state with the most stolen vehicles, California took the top prize while Texas and Florida were in second and third, respectively. The oldest vehicle stolen was a 1948 Chevy Fleetline while the most expensive car stolen was a 2010 Mercedes-Benz S63 AMG.
The Toyota Camry topped the list for 2011 model year vehicles that were stolen and recovered. The Mercedes-Benz C300, Ford F-350 Series, Honda Civic, and Toyota Corolla rounded off the top five.
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Often times we only hear the bad side of the story: cars getting stolen, thieves running off with your precious property, etc. But sometimes it’s nice to hear that there’s a happy ending to some of thefts thanks to Lojack.
Lojack helps retrieve countless vehicles a year, but some of the incidents are more peculiar than others. In Atlanta, a thief successfully disabled the OnStar GPS system on a stolen Cadillac Escalade, but that didn’t affect Lojack. The company, with the assistance of the local police, were able to recover the stolen vehicle.
Another interesting one was a thief that had stolen a Lexus at gunpoint from a salesman, which Lojack had no troubles finding. Or even better yet, one man was smart enough to have Lojack on his Honda Civic, but wasn’t smart enough to say no to taking a check when he sold it. Thankfully, Lojack was able to get the car back once the check bounced.
Lojack in 2011 even helped recover 30 cars that were stolen from a Southern California used car dealership. Even though only one of the vehicles was equipped with Lojack, they were able to recover all 30. Similarly, a Honda Accord Crosstour was found through Lojack, revealing a ring of stolen cars that were on their way in shipping containers to other countries.
In closing, this year was a good year for those that have Lojack. The company was vital in closing chop shops, breaking up an international car theft ring, tracking down a murder suspect in a stolen car, and even deterred the kidnapping of a four year old girl.
[Source: Motor Authority]
One of OnStar’s advertising points is the reassurance that if your car gets stolen, it can not only track where it ends up, but also deactivate it instantly. Turns out, it’s not just a load of advertising malarky.
Four Chevrolet Camaro coupes were stolen from a dealership in St. Louis, Missouri, in the early hours of Monday. Police were able to track the vehicles based on their OnStar information from the dealership, and quickly arrested the suspects. One of the cars was silver, the other yellow, and all had temporary plates.
Then again, a chain of speeding Camaros at four in the morning isn’t exactly subtle. Witnesses saw the procession and reported it into police, who were able to provide OnStar with their latest round of marketing success.
A brigade of drivers for the North Korean military have been arrested for stealing vehicles belonging to the military and selling them off for parts so that the drivers could keep their own personal vehicles running and filled with gasoline.
According to the blog DailyNK, the stolen vehicles were used to transport people and cargo due to a lack of adequate transportation in the isolated Communist country. Having a private car in the “Hermit Kingdom” is a very big deal, and the drivers were eager to maintain this privilege by any means necessary.
One unnamed source is quoted by DailyNK as saying “An official’s cars projects his pride, so if a driver cannot run his car properly even on condition of having no gas or parts, it is difficult to hold on to that position.” The drivers apparently thwarted any investigation into the impropriety by having party officials interfere with the investigation, and parked the vehicles on army bases where civilian investigators were prohibited from entering.
Oh social media, what can’t you do? Not only do you entertain us and keep us up to date, you also fight crime in your spare time. The Seattle police department has announced that it will start tweeting information on stolen vehicles in hopes of cutting rising auto theft rates.
The stolen car tweets will publish the color, year, make, model, body style and license plate numbers on a Twitter account dubbed “Get your car back.”
The average number of cars stolen per day in the city has risen from 8.46 last year to 9.9 in 2010, and more than 3,000 were stolen through October.
The car’s information will be tweeted by employees at the police call center after it is reported stolen, and they are encouraging Twitter followers who spot stolen cars to call police but not to contact any occupants.
The National Insurance Crime Bureau released their list of the top 10 stolen cars for 2009 , and the perenial favorites, the Honda Accord, Honda Civic and Toyota Camry are in the Top 10 yet again, taking the top 3 spots respectively.
The trade in spare parts, and in the Honda’s case, engines, make them valuable commodities, and the cars are also desirable for export to Third World countries. Pick-up trucks were also in demand, as each of the Big Three’s brands were represented, as well as the Ford Explorer.
The good news is that car thefts are down 17.1 percent, and have been declining for the past 6 years.
Noted civil rights leader Jesse Jackson had his Cadillac Escalade stolen in Detroit after making an appearance at a “Green Jobs” rally sponsored by the UAW as part of its “Jobs, Justice and Peace” demonstration.
One day after the rally, the Escalade used by Jackson to tool around Detroit was found with its windows smashed and rims stolen. One could argue that having to build these replacement parts is a very small scale Keynesian stimulus package to the auto industry. Most people would just vomit at the rank hypocrisy of of driving a gas-guzzling full-size Cadillac SUV to a social justice rally.
While Jackson is still considered an important voice in the African American community (despite his frequent anti-Semitic outbursts), a fair number of rappers, who arguably made the Escalade such an important icon of pop culture, don’t seem to think so.
The Cadillac Escalade is the most stolen vehicle in America, according to newly released data by the Highway Loss Data Institute. Using data that measures the number of insurance claims, as well as the payout received, the HLDI’s formula differs from those used by law enforcement agencies that take into account only the number of stolen vehicles.
Cars like the Honda Accord and Toyota Camry tend to top those rankings, while the HLDI lists vehicles like the Escalade, Ford F-250, Infiniti G37 and Chevrolet Corvette Z06 at the top – vehicles that sell in lower volumes but cost much more than the average family sedan. According to the HLDI, work trucks like the F-250 are stolen not only for the vehicles themselves, but for the expensive tools and equipment contained within them.
At the other end of the scale, the Nissan Murano, Saturn Vue, Volvo S80 and Toyota Prius were among the least stolen vehicles. The HLDI is affiliated with the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, a lobbying arm of the U.S. insurance industry.
[Source: Inside Line]
Police in Portugal have broken up a theft ring that exclusively targeted Smart Fortwo . The thieves were (not surprisingly) affiliated with an independent Smart repair shop, and the perpetrators had their stash of stripped down cars and spare parts seized as well.
According to police, Smarts can be easily disassembled using an allen key, screwdrivers and other hand tools. Some cars were left stripped in the streets, while others were turned into new cars using fake VIN numbers and a Frankenstein mish-mash of parts from other vehicles.
Some owners ended up buying cars and parts back from the chop shops on the black market. Steering wheels were a hot ticket, as they cost nearly $1000 new, but went for much less thanks to the five-finger discount available on the stolen variety.