Chances are, if you drive a Chevy or a Ford pickup (and lots of you do), thieves are more likely to target your vehicle, according to a new report.
The National Insurance Crime Bureau released its “Hot Wheels” report for 2016, which shows which makes and models were the most stolen vehicles last year.
Nationally, the Honda Accord and the Civic were the top vehicles stolen, with 50,427 for the Accord and 49,547 for the Civic.
Next were the Ford pickup and the Chevy pickup, which were tops in Mississippi.
According to NICB, thefts are down dramatically since the 1992 all-time high, but thousands of vehicles are still stolen each year because owners leave their keys in vehicles, which invites thefts.
“The increase in vehicle thefts over the past two years should be a reminder that drivers must do their part to protect their vehicles,” said NICB President and CEO Joe Wehrle. “Anti-theft systems in newer model cars and trucks are excellent, but they don’t work if you don’t use them. Far too many thefts occur because the vehicle is left unlocked and the key or fob is inside. Taking the time to lock it up every time you leave it can save a whole lot of headache and expense in the long run.”
NICB offers these tips to safeguard your vehicles:
▪ Lock your car and take your keys.
▪ If you have a visible or audible warning device on your vehicle, use it. Every time.
▪ Kill switches, fuel cutoffs and smart keys are among devices you can use on your vehicle to keep it from being stolen.
▪ A tracking device emits a signal to police or a monitoring station when a vehicle is stolen. These devices also can help in the recovery of a stolen vehicle.
Hot Wheels 2016 list of most stolen vehicles in Mississippi
Chevrolet Pickup (full size)
Ford Pickup (full size)
GMC Pickup (full size)
Dodge Pickup (full size)