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This week, the Highway Loss Data Institute released a list of cars with the highest theft rates. What are you doing to protect your car?

ABC News U.S. 2013/07/11 11:30:35
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The Ford F-250 pickup is the new favorite vehicle target of thieves, reports the Highway Loss Data Institute (HLDI), edging out the Cadillac Escalade from the top spot. The four-wheel-drive F-250 crew cab has a claim frequency of seven per 1,000 insured vehicle years, or nearly six times the average for all vehicles.



"General Motors has put a lot of effort into new antitheft technology, so that may help explain the decline in the Escalade's theft rate," said HLDI Vice President Matt Moore in a statement. "On the other hand, sales of the Escalade have fallen in recent years, so there may be less of a market for stolen Escalades or Escalade parts."

Karl Brauer, senior director of insights from Kelley Blue Book, said he was not surprised by the list.

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  • Sapphyreopal5 2013/07/17 15:49:54
    all of the above
    Sapphyreopal5
    Thankfully my car is considered one of the least stolen car models :)
  • Gio 2013/07/17 03:38:57
  • Dogzebra~PWCM~JLA 2013/07/17 03:24:49
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    Dogzebra~PWCM~JLA
    All vehicles are parked in a locked garage.
  • I_Piss_N_UR_Coffee 2013/07/17 01:53:52
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    I_Piss_N_UR_Coffee
    I shoot
  • Centrist_Bill 2013/07/16 20:43:38
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    Centrist_Bill
    Every vehicle I own has a kill switch hidden.
  • RippedOffOnline 2013/07/16 18:09:10
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    RippedOffOnline
    Lojack and Glock
  • Osama McDonalds 2013/07/16 17:12:48
    all of the above
    Osama McDonalds
    My car is one of those on the most stolen list but I always lock my car, have a good alarm and don't keep anything of value in plain sight....and my car insurance covers theft of vehicle and/or contents.
  • David 2013/07/16 17:08:09
    all of the above
    David
    I have 4 vehicles, two of which have alarms and two that don't. Two are older generation IV Camry's from the late 90's that are still quite common although not sure if they are sought after for theft for parts. They may be due to number still in circulation. One has alarm and one doesn't. I have a 2000 Sienna XLE van with alarm and although that vintage Sienna was fairly popular I don't think they were high on the theft list. My newest is a 2007 Tundra regular cab long bed (8ft). Not a common configuration for a Tundra and it is very plain like a work truck so no power locks which negates an alarm system. I almost always park the vehicles locked in a driveway at one of two houses I have that are close to each other and the properties are well lit. I also have tinted windows and do not leave valuable items of any sort in plain view or items in the bed of my truck other than scrap lumber.
  • clasact 2013/07/16 16:06:45
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    clasact
    +1
    I leave it unlocked and the window open when I can. They see it and think twice because it just to easy, reverse physiology
  • bob 2013/07/16 14:50:42 (edited)
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    bob
    I buy cars no one likes, ha ugly car
  • TheMayor 2013/07/16 14:25:14
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    TheMayor
    … I live in rural New Hampshire.

    Warning to would be car thieves, in New Hampshire you are very likely to be confronted by a gun-totting vehicle owner….Live Free or Die!
  • FELINE GESTURES IN THE DARK 2013/07/16 13:58:59
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    FELINE GESTURES IN THE DARK
    I make sure I don't own a car .

    For simple transportation , I am always on my bike .
    I rent a car when I seriously need it or get a taxi when it is urgent ; costs less like that ;)
  • hatter 2013/07/16 13:58:12
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    hatter
    I make sure my truck is trashed. Problem solved.
  • Brandonman 2013/07/16 13:39:41
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    Brandonman
    Criminals are getting smarter these days, learning to drive a stick and all...
  • Professor Wizard 2013/07/16 13:19:57
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    Professor Wizard
    Part of my income is derived from discovering and looking for bad people... so, perhaps I am more aware than the average person, that bad people exist. So, I am not as trusting as most.

    I have after market alarms on all my rides - - plus manual disable features, and active tracking.

    Anyone fiddling with my rides, is going to secretly get his picture taken at minimum, and if my SUV, or Show Car - they will have a Video of their activity.

    I never, ever, leave anything in my car, someone would want, unless they have bloody nose and need some Kleenex Tissue.

    There are instances where I have no choice, like I have to leave tools in my car temporarly - - then I do my very best to park in a location that makes it difficult for someone to fiddle with the car without being spotted by passing public, and is observed by public security systems.

    While you can't always take measures to prevent them from breaking in - -you certainly can take measures to identify them and pop them later, and make it difficult to steal your ride.

    Oh yea... ... I don't drive any of those cars on the hit list! : )

    I think - the manual disable switch is the most effective against car theft - - Those thieves want to get in, and get away :: Time is of the essence - - They don't have time to try to figur...



    Part of my income is derived from discovering and looking for bad people... so, perhaps I am more aware than the average person, that bad people exist. So, I am not as trusting as most.

    I have after market alarms on all my rides - - plus manual disable features, and active tracking.

    Anyone fiddling with my rides, is going to secretly get his picture taken at minimum, and if my SUV, or Show Car - they will have a Video of their activity.

    I never, ever, leave anything in my car, someone would want, unless they have bloody nose and need some Kleenex Tissue.

    There are instances where I have no choice, like I have to leave tools in my car temporarly - - then I do my very best to park in a location that makes it difficult for someone to fiddle with the car without being spotted by passing public, and is observed by public security systems.

    While you can't always take measures to prevent them from breaking in - -you certainly can take measures to identify them and pop them later, and make it difficult to steal your ride.

    Oh yea... ... I don't drive any of those cars on the hit list! : )

    I think - the manual disable switch is the most effective against car theft - - Those thieves want to get in, and get away :: Time is of the essence - - They don't have time to try to figure out where the disable switch is.

    Aftermarket security systems help more then you would think, because the thieves are only prepared to get around the factory alarms - - again - - a time thing.

    Over the years - - I've had my cars broken into 2 times... Both times, the person was found arrested. I've never had a car successfully stolen - while in both instances the criminals tried to steal the car.
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  • wes 2013/07/16 13:17:13
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    wes
    Hit it a couple of times with a sledge hammer and use as a trash can for all of my fast food bags, thieves are looking for something nice....
  • santa6642 2013/07/16 12:34:33
    all of the above
    santa6642
    And a 15 ft python that is using it as home.
  • Platinum Fangs 2013/07/16 08:04:51
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    Platinum Fangs
    I don't have my own car.
  • Transquesta 2013/07/16 07:22:59
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    Transquesta
    I drive an older vehicle. :-)
  • MikeWon 2013/07/16 07:17:28
  • pey 2013/07/16 06:51:18
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    pey
    If they want it they will have it just insure it
  • kiara143 2013/07/16 06:15:00
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    kiara143
    and make sure it's not a honda/....i hear of those getting jacked too much -.-
  • James 2013/07/16 04:41:20
    all of the above
    James
    Its insured too
  • joe.mathewson1 2013/07/16 04:20:08
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    joe.mathewson1
    I do nothing. If they want my POS, they can have it.
  • Sterling 2013/07/16 04:17:19
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    Sterling
    Unlocked with the keys in it.
  • U Mad Bro? 2013/07/16 02:44:08
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    U Mad Bro?
  • ⚥Κόζμω Græme اليا Mongrain 2013/07/16 02:21:58 (edited)
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    ⚥Κόζμω Græme اليا Mongrain
    Nothing, never owned one

    heard criminals favor trucks as they can be used to bash police cruisers
  • Chris 2013/07/16 02:17:33 (edited)
    all of the above
    Chris
    One of these on the brake pedal helps to... never had a car stolen so far. brake pedal helps car stolen
  • JohnT 2013/07/16 02:14:55
    all of the above
    JohnT
    I don't get worked up over a vehicle it is four wheels and a engine. I keep mine in the garage somebody wants a car bad enough it is easy to take. I had my GTO stolen some years ago,I got it back two days later, no big deal I got it fixed and that is it.
  • zlazyks 2013/07/16 01:16:50
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    zlazyks
    +1
    Insurance
  • trollatc 2013/07/16 00:53:44
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    trollatc
    +1
    insure it.
  • goblue1968 2013/07/16 00:42:27
    all of the above
    goblue1968
    The last five vehicles I have owned were all Ford Escapes with built-in anti-theft alarm systems which automatically arm every time I leave the vehicle and lock the power locks with my remote key fob switch.
  • hasher 2013/07/15 23:45:07
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    hasher
    +1
    no onw would want my car. its a rust bucket. but gets me around.so i dont have a theft problem
  • pete hasher 2013/07/16 00:55:24
    pete
    Hear ya there. I drive around in 1972 Plymouth valiant and most people don't know what it is let alone want to steal it
  • ⚥Κόζμω ... pete 2013/07/16 02:24:05
    ⚥Κόζμω Græme اليا Mongrain
    Does it have a Slant-6? My father had a '73, power nothing, found tracked vehicles in the Army easier to drive
  • ..::localeye::.. 2013/07/15 22:52:56
    I make sure the car is locked
    ..::localeye::..
    after that...that's what car insurance is for.
  • munda 2013/07/15 22:52:42
    all of the above
    munda
    I don't live in a crime ridden area, the deer don't steal cars around here. Besides I have a kill switch.
  • ..::loc... munda 2013/07/15 22:54:46
    ..::localeye::..
    +2
    I used to have a killswitch on my Sonoma. You had to press my cigarette lighter in to start the truck.
  • DDogbreath 2013/07/15 21:49:59
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    DDogbreath
    +1
    I drive a 1994 F-250 that has a remarkably well hidden fuel cut off switch.
  • EvilMonkey 2013/07/15 21:36:37
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    EvilMonkey
    +4
    I use the Trunk Monkey!

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