Which autos are mostly like to be stolen? KCPD shares its list.

Did you know the Honda Accord is the brand most likely to be stolen? We get the top ten list from KCPD’s Central Patrol. Photo from Creative Commons by Ben Javelina,
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The Kansas City Police Department has put out a new alert about auto thefts. According to KCPD’s Master Patrol Officer Jim Schriever, Central Patrol has experienced an overall decrease in crime over the past five years. But crime has actually increased in one area –auto theft. He says “Central Patrol experienced a 5.8% increase in reported incidents of auto theft. In a 2012 year-to-date comparison to 2011, we are experiencing that same 5.8% increase.”

Here’s the advice Schriever has for preventing theft.

Top 10 vehicles that have been stolen over the last three years. If you own one of the listed vehicles, taking precautionary measures can minimize your chances of becoming the victim of auto theft.

1.   Honda Accord

2.   Ford F150

3.   Dodge Intrepid

4.   Ford Taurus

5.   Jeep Cherokee

6.   Chevrolet Silverado

7.   Dodge Caravan

8.   Ford Explorer

9.   Oldsmobile Cutlass

10. Dodge Ram

Auto thefts seem to occur with greater frequency where large groups of vehicles are parked for extended periods of time, such as shopping centers, entertainment districts, colleges, sporting events, movie complexes, and large apartment complexes. But the fact is, auto thefts can occur anytime: at random, on different days of the week, and different times of the day.

Below are some tips to avoid being the victim of an auto thief:

  • Never leave your car running unattended, even to dash into a business, store, etc.
  • Never leave keys in the car or ignition, inside a locked garage, or in hide-a-key boxes.
  • Always roll up your windows and lock the car, even if it is parked in front of your home.
  • Never leave valuables in plain view, even if your car is locked. Put them in the trunk, out of sight.
  • Always park in high-traffic, well-lighted areas, when possible.
  • Install a mechanical device that locks the steering wheel, column, or brakes. These devices will deter some criminals.
  • Investigate the purchase of a vehicle theft tracking/security system, especially if you own one of the frequently stolen model vehicles.
  • Never leave personal identification documents, vehicle ownership title, or credit cards in your vehicle.
  • If you must leave your key with a valet, attendant, or mechanic, leave only the ignition key. Make sure you are dealing with a reputable firm.
  • In high theft areas, the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) should be etched on windows, doors, fenders and trunk lid. This makes it difficult for a thief to market your stolen car parts.
  • Copy your license plate and vehicle information (VIN) numbers on a card and keep them with you. If your vehicle is stolen, the police will need this information to take a report.
  • Many vehicles today come with some type of security system from the factory. Normally there are upgraded systems available if you ask. The best choice is a system that shuts off the fuel supply so a car can’t be started or driven. If your vehicle does not come with a factory-installed security system, look into adding an aftermarket system or utilize a steering wheel or brake pedal locking device.

If your vehicle is stolen, report it to the police immediately.

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