Despite all of the measures currently in place to prevent vehicle theft, the FBI says that a vehicle is stolen in the United States every 43 seconds.
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Everyone had to know this was coming the second General Motors announced the For My Vehicle (FMV) OnStar system, an aftermarket setup that can be implemented on any vehicle. The second OnStar’s FMV would help recover a Chrysler, there would be news about it – and here it is.
Last weekend, on December 18th, Jean Franklin of Gresham, Oregon had her stolen 2006 Chrysler 300 recovered thanks to OnStar FMV, making it the first case of a recovered car with the aftermarket mirror. And GM probably couldn’t have had it better for their first success story, not just being a Chrysler, but having the recovery time a mere 64-minutes after the original call was placed by Franklin.
OnStar, a wholly-owned subsidiary of General Motors, helps recover more than 500 stolen GM vehicles a month and can now aid in recovering any stolen vehicle, GM competitor or not.
OnStar’s FMV is priced at $199 plus installation with monthly service charges of $18.95/month or $199/year.
Tracker surveyed the 10 most stolen and recovered cars in the UK. Rather unsurprisingly, the entire list is comprised of luxury vehicles, including the BMW M3 and Audi RS4. And there’s something to be said about how much the British love German cars: every vehicle on the list is Teutonic. Click the jump for the full list.
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]