Vehicle Theft

Vehicle theft is the most expensive property crime in America with an estimated cost of over $4.6 billion annually. USA Today and Alarms.com have compiled statistics on the most commonly stolen vehicles in the United States as well as the most commonly stolen vehicles in Georgia for 2015. You might be surprised by what they found:

 

Top 10 Vehicles Stolen In The U.S.
1. Honda Accord
2. Honda Civic
3. Toyota Camry
4. Toyota Corolla
5. Chevrolet Silverado
6. Acura Integra
7. Cadillac Escalade
8. Ford F-350
9. Nissan Altima
10. Chevrolet Tahoe

 

Top 10 Vehicles Stolen In Georgia
1. Honda Accord
2. Chevrolet Full Size Pickup
3. Ford Full Size Pickup
4. Dodge Caravan
5. Honda Civic
6. Dodge Full Size Pickup
7. Toyota Camry
8. Chevrolet Impala
9. Ford Taurus
10. Ford Explorer

 

During 1998 there were 11 vehicles stolen from the UGA campus. In no particular order they were:

 

Vehicles Stolen at The University of Georgia
1990 Nissan Pathfinder
1990 Honda Accord
1990 Nissan Stanza
1991 Honda Accord
1992 Chevy Corsica
1993 Mitsubishi Diamante
1991 Chevy C1500 Pickup
1987 Oldsmobile Delta 88
1984 Chevy Caprice
1998 Toyota Tacoma
1994 Chevy Z71 Pickup

 

During 2015 there were 4 vehicles stolen from the UGA campus. In no particular order they were:

 

Vehicles Stolen at The University of Georgia
2006 Honda Motor Scooter
1992 Honda Civic
1996 Toyota Camry
2003 Honda Accord

 

The most surprising thing about these lists is the conspicuous absence of expensive luxury models. Auto theft is often a crime of opportunity. Thieves looking to strip a car for parts generally steal cars which have the greatest market for parts. These are generally older cars or cars which are most popular with American consumers, not brand new expensive automobiles. Kids looking to go for a joyride or petty thieves looking for stereo equipment are not necessarily looking for the nicest car in the lot. More often than not, they are looking for the easiest car to steal. DON'T MAKE THEIR JOB EASY!

Tips For Protecting Your Vehicle From Theft

  1. Do not leave your keys in your car or leave your car running while unattended, not even for a few seconds. What could be easier for a thief than to slip behind the wheel of your idling vehicle and drive away?
  2. Leave doors locked and windows rolled up at all times. Getting into the car is half the battle. Don't allow the thief free admission.
  3. Park in well lit well traveled areas. Although it may only take a thief a few seconds to steal your car, he would prefer not to be seen while doing it.
  4. Keep valuables and packages out of sight. These may draw the thief's attention to your vehicle. Once inside, the thief may decide to steal your car as well as your valuables.
  5. Use deterrent devices like car alarms, steering wheel locks (club type), electronic kill switches or other devices on the market. Although none of these devices are foolproof, they will make your car a more difficult target. For Mopeds use a u-lock or locking chain. For Motorcycles you can use a disc lock on the rear wheel.