Auto Thieves’ 5 Favorite Vehicles!
Motor vehicle theft affects all parts of the world and despite many efforts to reduce it, it remains a great pain for both victims and law enforcement agencies. However, many countries show a downward trend in motor vehicle theft. Also, thieves seem to have a higher affinity for some cars.
Often referred to as auto theft by police departments, the act of stealing motor vehicles has many motivations. And they range from cutting and selling auto parts to reselling vehicles and even taking rides. In 2003, there were 1,261,226 auto theft cases in the US which decreased further to 1,237,114 in 2004, showing a decrease of 1.91%. The following are the favorite cars of thieves in the US, based on 2004 data.
# 1: Honda Civic: Introduced in July 1972 as a two-door coupe, the Honda Civic is the second longest continuously operating nameplate from a Japanese manufacturer. Now five generations old, it has earned quite a few accolades throughout its history. Some of them include the 1974 Car of the Year from Road Test magazine; Motor Trend Import Car of the Year; Car and Driver Magazine’s Top Ten Annuals; North American Car of the Year and Car of the Year at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS).
# 2: Toyota Camry: Now with more than 6 generations, the Toyota Camry is a mid-size car assembled by Toyota. Launched in the year 1980, it is manufactured in various places around the world, viz. Tsutsumi, Japan; Georgetown, Kentucky; Altona, Victoria, Australia and Guangzhou, China. In 2007, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) awarded a five-star safety rating for frontal collisions for both the driver and passenger of the car (whether a thief or not!).
# 3: Honda Accord: The car made its debut in 1976 as a compact hatchback and later became an intermediate vehicle. Now 8 generations old, the vehicle has received various awards such as Consumer Search’s Best Family Car, Motor Trend Imported Car of the Year, Japan Car of the Year, etc. The car has also been featured on the European touring car scene since 1995. Perhaps its high value plus “racing ability” is what makes it attractive for a robbery and execution operation! Of course, they can separate their various automotive accessories and the engine and sell it to make money.
# 4: The Dodge Caravan: The Dodge Caravan and Dodge Grand Caravan are minivans made by Chrysler. The product’s sister models were the Chrysler Town and Country and the Plymouth Voyager which later became the Chrysler Voyager. Produced since 1984, the car is now in its fifth generation.
# 5: Full-Size Chevrolet C / K 1500 Pickup: This line of full-size pickup trucks from Chevrolet continued production from 1960 to 1998. The light-duty pickup truck was replaced by the GMC Sierra in 1988 and the Chevrolet Silverado in 1999.
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