Auto Theft

Don't make it easy for a thief to steal your wheels

One vehicle is stolen every 20 seconds in the United States. Stolen cars, vans, trucks, and motorcycles cost victims time and money - and increase everyone's insurance premiums. They're also often used in other crimes.

Don' become a victim of this serious crime.

Prevention:

Never leave your keys in the car or ignition.

Always lock your car, even if it's in front of your home.

Copy your tag number and vehicle identification number (VIN) on a card and keep them with your driver's license. Keep the registration with you, not in the car.

Keep the keys to your home and car separate.

Keep your car in good running condition. Make sure there's enough gas to get there and back.

Avoid parking in isolated areas with little foot or auto traffic. Be especially alert in unstaffed lots and enclosed parking garages.

If you think someone is following you, drive to the nearest police or fire station, open service station, or open business to get help.

Turn off your engine and lock your vehicle while pumping gas, stopping at the store, etc.

Install some type of anti-theft device such as a kill switch, the Club or an audible alarm.

Park your vehicle in your garage or driveway; avoid parking on the street if possible.

The top 25 stolen cars of 2000

(Numbers in parentheses are 1999 rankings.)

1989 Toyota Camry (1)

1990 Toyota Camry (2)

1991 Toyota Camry (3)

1988 Toyota Camry (4)

1994 Honda Accord EX (6)

1996 Honda Accord LX (8)

1994 Chevrolet C1500 (11)

1990 Honda Accord EX (9)

1997 Ford F150 4x2 (5)

1995 Honda Accord EX (7)

1987 Toyota Camry (15)

1991 Honda Accord EX (20)

1992 Honda Accord LX (12)

1991 Acura Legend (13)

1990 Honda Accord LX (16)

1993 Chevrolet C1500 (NR)

1992 Honda Accord EX (21)

1994 Honda Accord LX (10)

1991 Honda Accord LX (23)

1993 Jeep Grand Cherokee (NR)

1991 Honda Civic (NR)

1995 Honda Accord LX (17)

1995 Dodge Neon (22)

1996 Honda Accord EX (25)

2000 Honda Civic SI (NR)

NR = Not ranked in 1999 / Source: CCC Information Services