Every 44 seconds, according to the FBI, a car gets stolen in America. If you think you’re immune because you don’t drive a flashy sports car, think again: the most stolen models are the ordinary vehicles that many of us drive every day.
Here are the top 10 of 2014, compiled by the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB):
10. Nissan Maxima
Nissan’s flagship Maxima sedan has changed its looks quite a bit over the years, but it remains a fairly simple vehicle that’s great for day-to-day commuting.
9. Acura Integra
While no longer sold by Acura, there are still enough Integras on the road for them to be a major target.
8. Nissan Altima
The Altima remains Nissan’s top selling model and was the second best-selling car in the United States in 2011.
7. Dodge Caravan
A great people-mover and the best-selling minivan of its generation.
6. Dodge Pickup (Full Size)
One of three pickups to make the list.
5. Toyota Camry
A top passenger vehicle that continues to move well today.
4. Chevrolet Pickup (Full Size)
A big seller for Chevrolet, and another of the many pickups that thieves have targeted.
3. Ford Pickup (Full Size)
Ford’s popular truck continues to be the top-selling vehicle in the country, putting it in high demand.
2. Honda Civic
The Honda Accord’s smaller brother comes in second. It’s a fun car to drive and apparently highly sought after.
1. Honda Accord
A great, reliable family car. Thieves have picked up on its utilitarian value.
The NICB offers a few simple ideas to help safeguard your vehicle:
These low-cost options include alarm systems, steering-column locks and getting your VIN and serial number permanently etched on your windshield.
These prevent thieves from bypassing the ignition to hot-wire your vehicle. They include start, ignition and fuel disablers, wireless ignition authentication and smart keys.
This helps you recover your vehicle if it’s stolen.
It costs you nothing and should be part of your driving routine. Park in well-lit areas and remember to lock your doors and remove your keys from the ignition, even if you’re only stepping out of your car for a moment.
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By Travis Persaud