Preventing Car Theft

Car theft is sadly one of those facts of life. Every year over a million cars are stolen in the United States and of those, only about 13% are ever recovered. While you can never assure 100% protection from car thieves, there’s plenty you can do to substantially reduce your risk.

The first thing you should keep in mind is you never want to do anything to encourage someone to steal your car. Don’t leave your car running unattended, even if it is for a few minutes. It only takes a few seconds to get in your car and drive away.

Exercise good judgment. If you don’t have a garage or driveway, keep your car parked in a well-lit, busy days. Also, if you keep valuables in your car, hide them from view such as in the trunk. It is also good to install anti-theft measures such as car alarms, window VIN etchings, ignition kill switches, and many other options.

Finally, one of the surest ways to avoid car theft is to avoid drawing attention to it. Avoid high-priced, fast and shiny cars that are typically the juiciest targets for thieves.

According to a recent report put out by the Highway Loss Data Institute, thieves are targeting large flashy SUVs and trucks. Out of the top 10 stolen cars of 2010, only three are cars:

  • Chevrolet Tahoe
  • GMC Yukon XL
  • Hummer H2
  • Nissan Maxima
  • GMC Sierra Crew Cab
  • Infiniti G47 coupe
  • Chevrolet Avalanche
  • Dodge Charger
  • Chevrolet Silverado
  • Cadillac Escalade

Some cars, although not glamorous and new, regardless provide a juicy target for thieves due to their parts value:

  • 1994 Honda Accord
  • 1995 Honda Civic
  • 1989 Toyota Camry
  • 1997 Ford F-150 Pickup
  • 2004 Dodge Ram Pickup
  • 2000 Dodge Caravan
  • 1996 Jeep Cherokee/Grand Cherokee
  • 1994 Acura Integra
  • 1999 Ford Taurus
  • 2002 Ford Explorer

If you own one of these cars, know that you will need to be extra vigilant to avoid losing your vehicle to thieves.