Illinois — First the good news, auto theft in the U.S. fell to its lowest level in 20 years. Now the bad news, at least for owners of any version of the Honda Accord, as this model remains as the most stolen across the country.
The report issued by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) reported that in 2009, auto theft declined for the sixth consecutive year with 794.616 units reported as stolen in 2009, against 956.846 in 2008. According to authorities, the high level of theft of these particular vehicles is because their parts are more valuable for repairs than to resell the whole car.
This is the list of the stolen reported models in the USA for all of 2009, which is not too surprising, since most of the cars included, are also the best sellers.
1. Honda Accord 1994
2. Honda Civic 1995
3. Toyota Camry 1991
4. Ford F-150 Pickup 1997
5. Dodge Ram Pickup 2004
6. Dodge Caravan 2000
7. Chevrolet Pickup 1994 (Full Size)
8. Acura Integra 1994
9. Ford Explorer 2002
10. Toyota Corolla 2009
Despite the decline in the number of thefts, thieves seem to have improved their techniques and according to recent studies, most experts can open and take a car in 10 seconds. However, it is possible to prevent theft by following simple advice such as: lock your car and take the keys, do not hide a second set of keys in the car, park in well lit areas and large, always up windows and closes the car, hide your valuables.