Car Theft & You

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Car thieves love Honda Accords. They are also rather fond of the Honda Civic. Both models are ranked as the top two most-stolen cars in America. The fact they are also among the most popular cars has a lot to do with it, of course. The National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) keeps track of this data, and there’s quite a lot to keep up with since a car is stolen about every 46 seconds.

The statistics on auto theft note that some newer models are stolen less frequently, thanks to the improvements made in anti-theft technology. But here’s a new wrinkle: People seem to be leaving their keys in the car to make the heist that much easier. The NICB says theft of unlocked cars with keys inside is up 31 percent. What’s up with that?! A quick hop inside the coffee shop with the car running outside could prove to be the start of a long day. Protecting yourself against auto thefts starts by taking the keys with you and locking the car doors — every time.

Two other important tips: Don’t leave your garage door opener and your vehicle registration with your address in the car. Think about it: Thieves have your car, know where you live and can get into your house before you get home.

Car thieves often cultivate local tastes in preferred vehicles. They steal Hondas in Florida, too, but seem to be partial to Ford pickups.

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