Monday, February 15, 2016

The 10 Most Stolen Cars

Are you insecure about your ’92 Mitsubishi? When you see the owner of the legendary Honda Accord descending, do you turn your face away, hiding in shame? Do you know that they will snarl in condescension of your pitiful clunker? Well, you need not worry and you may find a glimmer of hope in the reality that these spectacular vehicles are carrying more than wealthy passengers. They are chauffeuring a gamble. There are a number of cars that are intrinsically more likely to be stolen. Rejoice – while your clunker breaks down on the side of the road on a cold winter day, these car owners (men such as Quentin Tarantino) will be hailing a taxi.

1. The Honda Accord
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It should not surprise you to learn that the very same reasons that people buy a car are the reasons that people steal a car. Since the Honda Accord is the most reliable vehicle, it is also the most likely to convoke the interest of professional thieves. Since the Accord is #1 purchased vehicle, it is also the #1 stolen vehicle. This has led developers to install a unique key code without which the engine will not start. Nonetheless, the Accord is still sought after. While the newly developed key code will deter the average thief, professional car thieves continue to adapt their skills to new technology. Just as there are experts working for the car companies, there are also experts among the thieves. Owners of the accord should be wary of routinely leaving their vehicle in public or parked out in the open. People are watching. People are taking note.

2. The Honda Civic

The Civic is popular among drag racers and has a lot of accessible parts that can be stolen. You might be inclined to think that selling a stolen car would be impossible in a civilized nation. But a network of thieves know how to properly strip a car. Alternatively, they might be able to sell the parts directly to the consumer, and nobody would stop to think that they were thieves. Indeed, the very consumer to whom the thieves sell might be their next target!

3. The Toyota Camry

The new theft protection installed by Toyota has deterred a few thieves, but nonetheless, it remains one of the most stolen cars. Police officers report that many thieves have master keys for the Camry. Master keys are not so uncommon. Some even have them to serve customers that might have gotten locked out of their vehicle. How difficult is it for thieves to get their hands on them? With the right connections, these thieves are acquiring them. Many locks are difficult to open, even with a master key, requiring juggling and pressing for several moments. The Camry, however, is one of the easier cars to access with a master key.

4. Jeep Cherokee

Not all car thieves are clever. They may have training in shoving screwdrivers into holes, but they panic. After stealing a car, they react impulsively. That is why one car thief driving a stolen Jeep Cherokee accidentally hit a pedestrian. Not exactly smooth. On the other hand, some more sophisticated thieves can hack into the electronics of the vehicle and control it from a distance. That terrifying reality sounds like a plot to a science fiction narrative. Of course, this also raises serious questions about cars that are connected to the internet. If a computer can be hacked, why not a vehicle? If somebody can sign into your social networking account and post inflammatory spam comments, why should we be surprised that they can control your car? Perhaps corporations will start driving your car to their business to inspire you to make a purchase!

5. Toyota Corolla

The Corolla is a very likable and attractive compact car. They are flooding the streets. Well, thieves need to get around too. Thieves like cars just as much as honest people do. While the development of key technology has deterred a lot of potential thieves, one thing that they cannot guard against is owner negligence. About 50% of cars are stolen due to owner negligence. As Jerry Seinfeld said after a robbery in his apartment, “My lock only has one design flaw: the door must be closed!

6. The Nissan Altima

The Altima employs the latest key technology. Consumers need not worry about the screwdriver method. However, some consumers have expressed concern about a tow truck hauling their vehicle away in the dead of night. After all, most manufacturers guard against thieves breaking into the car and starting it. But if they take it to a safe location, they can spend as much time as they need start the engine. Further, they might even be able to take it to such an isolated location that even GPS technology will be rendered inert. So it seems that manufacturers will need to start developing some sort of technology to guard against that. Perhaps a self-destruct button when it goes out of range of the GPS. Although, that might cause some other problems…

7. Ford Fusion

The Fusion is a favorite of the thieves, not necessarily because they will sell the car on the black market, but because of the hybrid battery and the Sync infotainment center. With these additives in the vehicle, the car becomes a target for buyers and stealers alike. With that in mind, they often steal cars with the classical master key approach, and sometimes it is even prevalent to illegally obtain key codes. Even though these cars are supposed to be more difficult to steal due to the new technology, if they have the key code, that is sort of like having the password to your computer. They can instantly access it as though it were their own. Of course, this entails that somebody who you have put your trust in has betrayed your trust and sold your information to the highest bidder.

8. Hyundai Elantra

While common sense might dictate that older cars would be more vulnerable to theft, it is actually newer cars that professional thieves are targeting. Since they are so easily accessed by tech-savvy thieves, and of a higher value, they are more likely candidates. The Hyundai Elantra is one of the newer cars that has been reported stolen over 500 times.

9. Chevrolet Impala

Do you ever wonder where thieves take their stolen goods? Do they hide it in some garage on the other side of town, waiting for an appropriate amount of time to pass so that they can go for a cruise? Well, in the case of one Chevy Impala, the victims lived in Idaho and discovered that the the vehicle was discovered, and wrecked, in London. How is it that a vehicle can traverse the Atlantic ocean without a bit of nefarious behavior from more than just a few thieves? If they have a sophisticated network, car thieves can sell a vehicle across the world from where they stole it.

10. Chevrolet Malibu

529 of these were stolen in 2013. However, in that same year, one of significance was recovered. Quinton Tarantino’s Chevy Malibu was stolen in 1996 and recovered in 2013. One wonders how Tarantino got to the set during that hiatus without a car. Did he call Uma Thurman to pick him up? Did he walk? Perhaps he drove in one of those cars on Death Proof. But if he could not protect his Chevy Malibu from theft, why should we think that he protected one of those death-proof cars? Either way, I am glad that he got his vehicle back. I was in sorrow to think of Mr. Tarantino hitch-hiking.


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