Owning a car is part of the American Dream. People today take it for granted that they will have a car of their own either in high school, or definitely by the end of college. Unless you live in a big city like New York or Chicago that has excellent subway and bus systems, owning a car has really become a necessity. Unfortunately, this high-ticket item is also vulnerable to theft. Most new cars now come with alarm systems that are helpful, but not foolproof in stopping the theft. So, when in the market for a new car, you might want to first check out which brands have the highest theft rate. The list doesn’t need to deter you from purchasing the vehicle, but just make you aware.
According to the National Crime Information Center (NCIS) report of 2010, the Honda Accord is the most likely car to be stolen. Furthermore, Kelly Blue Book reports that the Toyota Corolla continues to be one of the most popular cars in terms of sales. The car has a high resale value and is well-known for it’s low maintenance repair records. It is therefore very desirable from the perspective of a car thief. The ever- popular Ford Explorer also tops the list.
Some of the other models occupying top most stolen positions based on reports and surveys from CNBC in 2011, Forbes, and Highway Data Loss Institute include the Chevrolet Silverado, 1994 Acura Integra, Taurus and Explorer Ford Models, Toyota Camry, Dodge Pickups, and Dodge Caravans.
The overwhelming theme amongst these cars is that there are a lot of them on the road because they are great family cars, have low-maintenance records and are moderately priced. They are therefore easily available to car thieves. A thief can easily steal one of these cars and then blend quietly blend into traffic for the getaway. Once they have their hands on the car, they can be driven into warehouses or garages where they are easily repainted. Parts are interchanged among the vehicles to give the car a completely different look. All of this can be done with a quick turn-around time. So, it’s a quick steal, refurbishment and re-sale to a customer who is willing to overlook any shadiness that comes with the deal.
Unfortunately, there is no total solution to preventing your car from getting stolen. The best tactics are to always lock your car, park in a locked garage or brightly lit place, and turn on the alarm system! Always carry insurance on your vehicle.
For those of you reading this article who have been involved in the theft of a car, one solution to helping you conquer this illegal addiction is to take Theft Classes Online provided by the AJ Novick Group. These classes will help you to gain the strength, self-worth, empathy and confidence you need to get out of this lifestyle. Online classes can be taken from the privacy of your own home with complete anonymity. Nobody else needs to know that you are working on overcoming this issue, it’s completely between you and the online course. There are therapists available to speak with during the day via phone if you have questions about the material or are looking for personal support. Stop your urge to steal today and get out of this lifestyle before it’s too late!