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DO YOU KNOW WHERE YOUR CAR IS?
Every 25.5 Seconds a Vehicle is Stolen in the U.S
Palos Hills, IL - The nation's motor vehicle thieves continue to
favor imports over domestic brands as their targets of
Hot Wheels, the National Insurance Crime Bureau's companion study
to its annual Hot Spots auto theft report, examines data reported
to the National Crime Information Center and determines the
vehicle make, model, and model year most reported stolen in 2004.
For 2004, the top ten most stolen vehicles in the United States
by make, model, and model year were:
1. 1995 Honda Civic
2. 1989 Toyota Camry
3. 1991 Honda Accord
4. 1994 Dodge Caravan
5. 1994 Chevrolet Full Size C/K 1500 Pickup
6. 1997 Ford F150 Series
7. 2003 Dodge Ram Pickup
8. 1990 Acura Integra
9. 1988 Toyota Pickup
10. 1991 Nissan Sentra
In 2004, 1,237,114 motor vehicles were reported stolen which is a
decrease of 23,357 vehicles from 2003. Overall in the United
States, motor vehicle theft was down by 1.9 percent.
"The slight decrease in auto theft is a positive sign. Now
all of us in the fight against vehicle theft and insurance fraud
must ensure that we continue the momentum and bring this national
crime problem under control," said Robert M. Bryant,
President and Chief Executive Officer of the NICB.
The FBI Uniform Crime Report divides the nation into four regions.
In the Northeast, with 18.6 percent of the nation's population,
auto theft was down 9.7 percent from 2003. In the Midwest, with
22.4 percent of the population, auto theft was down 4.4 percent.
The South with 36.1 percent of the population showed a decrease
in vehicle theft of 2.9 percent. Meanwhile, the West, with 23.0
percent of the population, was the only region that posted an
increase3.2 percentover its 2003 number.
NICB encourages everyone to follow its "layered approach"
to auto theft protection by employing simple, low-cost
suggestions to make their vehicles less attractive to thieves.
NICB's four layers are:
The cheapest form of defense is to simply employ the anti-theft
devices that are standard on all vehicles: locks. Lock your car
and take your keys.
Having and using a visible or audible warning device is another
item that can ensure that your car remains where you left it.
"Kill" switches, fuel cut-offs, and smart keys are
among the devices which are high and low tech, but extremely
effective. Generally speaking, if your car won't start, it won't
On the higher end of high tech are the newer devices which can
alert youand law enforcementthe moment an
unauthorized user moves your vehicle.
Auto theft and related fraudulent activity is only a part of the
$30 billion it costs insurance companies and their policyholders
each year. You can do your part to help stop this criminal
activity by reporting suspected fraud to NICB, anonymously, at 1-800-TEL-NICB
(1-800-835-6422) or by visiting our Web site www.nicb.org. The
National Insurance Crime Bureau is the nation's premiere non-profit
organization exclusively dedicated to fighting insurance fraud
and vehicle theft for the benefit of its member companies, their
policyholders, and the general public through information
analysis, investigations, training and public awareness.