A Utah motorists with a 1997 Honda Civic, now owns one of the most popular cars on the road. According to the Hot Wheels Report issued two weeks ago by the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) www.nicb.org, that car was the most stolen vehicle in Utah in 2005.
Hot Wheels, a companion study to the NICB's 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 2005, 1,235,226 motor vehicles were reported stolen, which is 2,625 fewer than in 2004. Using the FBI's average valuation of $6,173 per stolen vehicle, this amounts to over $7.6 billion in losses in 2005 - just in vehicle value alone.
A vehicle is stolen in the U.S. every 25.5 seconds
To avoid becoming a victim of auto theft, Allstate Insurance and the NICB recommend a layered approach to auto theft prevention - using simple, low-cost suggestions to make your vehicle less of a target for thieves:
Common Sense: 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. Make sure your windows are closed and park in well lighted areas.
Warning Device: Having and using a visible or audible warning device is another item that can ensure that your car remains where you left it.
Immobilizing Device: "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 get stolen.
Tracking Device: If your vehicle is stolen, these systems help law enforcement track and recover it and return it to you. Some systems will even inform you if your vehicle has been moved without your knowledge.
1997 Honda Civic
1992 Honda Accord
1993 Jeep Cherokee/Grand Cherokee
1989 Toyota Camry
1994 Saturn SL
1994 Acura Integra
1993 Nissan Sentra
1994 Ford Explorer
1993 Ford Taurus
1995 Ford Escort
1991 Honda Accord
1995 Honda Civic
1989 Toyota Camry
1994 Dodge Caravan
1994 Nissan Sentra
1997 Ford F150 Series
1990 Acura Integra
1986 Toyota Pickup
1993 Saturn SL
2004 Dodge Ram Pickup