Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Vehicle Theft Statistics

People always want to know why their auto insurance rates go up, even though they have not filed a claim. The answer is, no driver pays only for their own experience. You are helping to pay for everyone else as well as yourself.

In the United States, 2 vehicles are stolen every 60 seconds, or 1 every 26 seconds. That is 1.2 million vehicles stolen every year. What is the cost? It cost you $7.6 billion each year just to pay for what theives steal.

According to the Insurance Information Institute, about one-third of a typical comprehensive auto insurance premium goes to pay for auto theft claims. One-third..that is 33%, a staggering number.

Bottom line is that vehicle theft is a big business for criminals, its not just teens looking for a joy ride.

Protect yourself by doing some of the following.
  • Lock your doors
  • Remove your keys from the ignition
  • Close your windows completely
  • Park in well-lit areas
  • Consider an alarm or steering wheel lock system

And if you drive one of the following vehicles you really need to be aware. These are the top ten most stolen according to the National Insurance Crime Bureau. The year of the vehicle is in parenthesis.

Honda Civic (1995)
Toyota Camry (1989)
Honda Accord (1991)
Dodge Caravan (1994)
Chevrolet C/K 1500 (1994)
Ford F-150 (1997)
Dodge Ram Pickup (2003)
Acura Integra (1990)
Toyota Pickup (1988)
Nissan Sentra (1991)


K-10 said...

Lovely. Mark is now driving a 1995 Honda Civic. I know they want to get their hands on it and pimp the ride!

Melissa-Aaron said...

Yes we both have hondas! so are you saying we're screwed?? He shaved his head cause he's REALLY bald! More than aaron....a ton more!

Rachel Stewart said...

I thought this was going to be a dull post, but I was wrong. Kind of interesting.

Where's the bubble game?

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