Are Car Thefts Going the Way of Polio?
That hot new ride you just purchased? The one sitting in your driveway for the whole world to see, including car thieves? Good news - odds are falling it’s going to a victim to car theft. The National Insurance Crime Bureau (second only in boring crime fighting to the US Postal Inspectors Service) has just released figures showing car thefts have dropped 58% since 1961. That’s in spite of car ownership just exploding over the last 22 years to more than 253 million vehicles. RELATED: See Map of Most Stolen Cars in the US
According to the NICB (even its acronym is boring), “It means that if you own a vehicle, your chances of having it stolen today are statistically and significantly less than at any other time since 1960. A recent poll by the Gallup organization makes that point more precisely, as it found that 56 percent of Americans rarely or never worry about their cars being stolen.”
Technology has had a positive effect on vehicle theft the NICB says, whether it’s new and more reliable anti-theft protection is engineered into new car design, or added as an after-market option by vehicle owners. Cars are just more difficult to steal today than ever before and technology has made that possible.
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But not impossible, which means you still have to protect your bold rides from car thefts people. Here are the 5 most commonly stolen sports cars:
• Chevrolet Camaro
• Ford Mustang
• Dodge Challenger
• Porsche Panamera
• Audi A5/S5
Car theft is an important issue this time of year. Consider this fact: the most popular days for car theft are New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. So, while odds are good your ride’s not going to get ripped off, you might still want to pay attention while toasting Auld Lang Syne later this month.
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