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Did you know that every 44 seconds a vehicle is stolen in the United States?
And, you may think your car is not a possible target for car thieves just because it’s not expensive or new, but think again.
They can steal your car just to strip it of its parts and metal components, or to get away from another crime.
Don’t let this happen and be one of the many who thinks about car theft prevention when it’s already too late.
Stay with us to find out more about the reasons your car might be stolen by car thieves and what you can do to prevent it from happening.
Here is what we are going to talk about today:
- Why do criminals steal cars?
- What are the most stolen new and used cars in the USA?
- How to Burglar Proof Your Car – 10 Tips
Let’s start by mentioning some of the reasons your car might be targeted by car thieves.
Why do criminals steal cars?
Here are the three main reasons why thieves might want to steal your car. Some of the reasons might surprise you! So, without further ado, thieves might steal your car for on of these three reasons:
Your car can be sold abroad
A lot of stolen cars are very often immediately packed and shipped abroad, where they can be sold for many times their original market value.
These vehicles are often shipped with their vehicle identification numbers (VINs) intact.
Your car can be old to unsuspecting consumers
Many stolen vehicles are given a false VIN, before being sold to unsuspecting consumers. The false VIN prevents consumers from finding out the vehicle was stolen
In case the stolen vehicle doesn’t sell, it usually gets dismantled and sold for parts.
Your car can be used for transport
Some thieves tend to steal cars so they could use them to drive to their desired locations. This is very often referred to as “joyriding”
Luckily, many of these cars are found and recovered in a matter of days as thieves usually leave them parked once they had used them to arrive to their desired locations.
Next, we reveal what cars get stolen the most in USA.
What are the most stolen new and used cars in the USA?
When you think of the car thieves you see in movies or TV shows, they’re usually after high end, luxury sports cars that are worth hundreds of thousands.
And while those types of cars get stolen in real life, it doesn’t happen nearly as often as you would think.
In real life, thieves target different types of cars because they’re much easier to steal. Stay with us to find out what are the most stolen new and used cars in USA.
First, we bring you the list of the top 10 most stolen new cars in USA.
Top 10 most stolen new cars in USA
Here is the list of the 10 most stolen new cars in USA. The number of thefts reported for each model is also available in the list.
- Nissan Altima: 1,153
- Toyota Camry: 1,100
- GMC Sierra: 957
- Hyundai Elantra: 929
- Ford Fusion: 874
- Ford F-150: 842
- Ram Pickup: 835
- Toyota Corolla: 832
- GMC Savana: 774
- Hyundai Sonata: 759
Next, we move on to the 10 most stolen used cars.
Top 10 most stolen used cars in USA
Here are the 10 most stolen used cars in USA. You can also see what the most “popular” model year of each car gets stolen and how many units of each model get stolen per year.
- Honda Civic (1998): 45,062
- Honda Accord (1997): 43,764
- Ford F-150 (2006): 35,105
- Chevrolet Silverado (2004): 30.056
- Toyota Camry (2017): 17,276
- Nissan Altima (2016): 13,358
- Toyota Corolla (2016): 12,337
- Dodge/Ram Pickup (2001): 12,004
- GMC Sierra (2017): 10,865
- Chevrolet Impala (2008): 9,487
If you own one of the models mentioned above, you are now probably worried. But, don’t be worried as there are many things you can do burglar proof your can and prevent it from being stolen.
Here are some tips how to burglar proof your car:
How to Burglar Proof Your Car – 10 Tips
Without further ado, let’s start…
1. Do You Have All the Keys?
Many people have the habit of hiding their spare key somewhere under their car, like under the wheel-well. But, that’s not really a smart idea, since car thieves have caught on to this trick.
In fact, it’s like hiding your key under your front door mat. Also, think if you have given a spare key to someone who don’t use it or no longer needs it. Keeping track on all of your keys is important when it comes to your car’s safety.
Some people even tend to leave their car keys in the ignition lock, making their cars incredibly easy targets for any potential car thieves.
If you are one of those people who often forget their keys, you can invest few dollars into buying a key finder. Key finders are small key-rings with Bluetooth technology built into them.
The Bluetooth technology lets you pair your smart keyring to your phone.
Once the pairing is done, the keyring sends a notification or rings your phone whenever the paired devices get disconnected – i.e., whenever you forget to bring your keys with you.
2. Park in a Safe Area
When parking your car, always choose an area with a low crime rate, neighbor watch, and a good lighting.
On the contrary, avoid parking it in an area with a high concentration of criminals and high crime rate.
Criminals avoid cars parked in a well-lit area, or near building entrances. For an extra layer of protection, park as close to a security camera as possible.
In case anything happens to your car while you are gone, you can watch the security camera footage and gain more information about what happened to your car.
3. Lock Your Doors and Windows!
A lot of people forget to lock their doors or leave some of their car windows slightly opened, thus helping thieves to complete their job more easily. This means avoiding to leave your windows cracked when parked even in summer.
If you are one of those people who often forget to lock their car or close the windows, you can take your car to a local mechanic and see if he/she can help you out.
Some cars can be programmed to lock the car doors and close the windows automatically when the car is parked for some time and the keys are not in the ignition lock.
4. Don’t Leave Valuable Items in Sight
A parked car with an iPhone or purse left inside is surely a better option for a thief than a car with no valuable item.
They might smash the windows and steal only the valuables, leaving your car damaged, or, they might go all the way and steal your car.
So, the next time you park, even when going to the supermarket, make sure you don’t leave any valuable item inside your car.
But, if you have to leave something, it’s safest to put it in the trunk.
We also suggest to look around when moving your valuable items into the car trunk.
Sometimes, car thieves monitor their potential victims from distance to see where they store their valuable items before they decide to make a move.
5. Don’t Leave Your Car Running
Turn your car off when not using it. This includes even cold winter mornings when you start your car and get back inside to finish your coffee.
Besides being illegal in some states, leaving your car running is also an open invitation to criminals. So, always turn your car off when not behind the wheel!
Also, remember to take the keys with you when you leave your car. There is no point in turning off the car when not using it and then leaving the car keys lying on the front seat.
6. Get an Alarm Sticker/LED
Even if you don’t have a car alarm, having a clearly visible sign blinking LED indicating one, reducing the chances of thieves choosing it as their target.
Getting an actual car alarm system is still the better option as it prevents thieves do their job without being noticed, but a fake alarm sign may still do the work.
These fake alarm signs cost just a few dollars and can be bought almost anywhere.
You also don’t have to take your car to a car mechanic to have them installed. As they usually don’t require any wiring, you can install them yourself.
7. Kill Switch
After breaking in your car, the next step for a car thief would be to get it started without a key. But, if you have a well-hidden kill switch installed in your car, the thief won’t be able to take your car anywhere.
A kill switch disables the fuel pump or disrupts the flow of electricity in your car, preventing it from being stolen.
The criminal will quickly become frustrated and see your car is not an easy target, which is exactly what you want.
An ignition kill switch is a relatively good and cheap option for making your car much safer. These switches are also very easy to install.
8. Tracking Device
Another way to burglar proof your car is installing a tracking device.
Besides enabling you to track your stolen car to its exact location, a sticker on your car indicating the tracking device will deter possible thieves from their intention.
They won’t risk taking a car that can be tracked down by the police, or spending time to deactivate it. Even though tracking devices are not cheap, they are a good investment to your car’s safety.
The tracking devices come in all sizes and shapes. Some of them require to be connected to the car battery while others get power from their own built-in batteries.
Of course, the ones with the built-in batteries are much easier to install as they require no wiring.
9. Get an Engine Immobilizer
This is a great anti-theft device that doesn’t allow starting the engine without using the right ignition key. Of course, they come at a high price, but they will burglar proof your car better than any other system.
How do they work?
The engine immobilizer is a system built in the engine ECU. It prevents anyone from starting the engine without using vehicle’s authorized key.
This engine immobilizer uses a unique digitally coded key which contains a transponder chip. This chip stores the electronic security code – i.e., the vehicle’s password.
The ECU will simply NOT start the fuel system and activate the ignition circuit if the code in the key and the one stored in the immobilizer does not match.
10. Keep Your Car in a Good Shape
A car that’s taken good care of is a car that has more chances of having an alarm or another anti-theft system. You don’t really need to have anti-theft systems installed to your car if you are keeping your car in a good shape.
Any good looking car will look sophisticated and well protected, which will help keep thieves away. So, make sure you take a good care of it to deter possible thieves.
As you can see, burglar proofing your car includes doing simple things like locking your car doors and windows and keeping it in good shape, as well as investing in some anti-theft devices.
Protect your car from thieves before it’s too late!