Top Ten Most Stolen Vehicles

March 10, 2016

Although automobile theft in the United States is gradually declining, thieves are still managing to devise new techniques for stealing vehicles, from hacking into a vehicle's Smart Key keyfob to using stolen identities to secure auto loans.

According to a report by the National Insurance Crime Bureau which identifies the most commonly stolen vehicles in the U.S, the following vehicles are at an increased risk of being targeted by thieves.

 

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If you own one of these vehicles, we encourage you to take the following precautions to protect it from theft:

  • Install a vehicle tracking system. Some vehicles come equipped with systems that provide stolen vehicle assistance, like OnStar. If your vehicle is not equipped with a similar system, or if you are looking for another alternative, an aftermarket tracker such as LoJack may be a solution. The total cost of this device ranges between $700-$1,100 based on the features selected. Installation is free and done through certified technicians at your home or place of business.
  • Utilize wheel locks. Thieves commonly target vehicles' wheels due to their resale value and the relative ease with which they can be removed. Wheel locks are locking lug nuts that can only be removed with a key unique to that set, making theft very difficult. These locks, which cost around $50, can be purchased through your dealer or at an auto parts store.
  • Install window vibration alarms. These sensors, mounted to the inside of the vehicle's doors and windows, activate an alarm when sudden impacts are detected. They can be purchased at an auto parts or home improvement store for as little as $10.
  • Install a security system. While aftermarket security systems are available, they can present issues if installed incorrectly. An OEM (original equipment manufacturer) security system is a more reliable solution. Contact your dealer to see if your vehicle's manufacturer offers a system and to learn more about the costs of having it installed.

PURE members who need assistance implementing any of these precautions can contact a PURE Member Advocate at memberadvocate@pureinsurance.com or by calling 888.813.7873 (PURE).