The 10 most stolen cars in NJ: Is your vehicle a target for thieves?
Every 44 minutes, a vehicle is stolen in New Jersey, according the NJ State Police data, and in the Garden State, the majority of cars that are stolen aren't high-end luxury cars. For that matter, few of them are even newer models, a new report shows.
The National Insurance Crime Bureau — a group that deals with theft and fraud awareness — has released a new survey stating that nationwide, the most stolen car in 2015 was the 1996 Honda Accord. In addition, of the top 10 cars stolen in the United States, the NICB report shows that only one type of vehicle — the Nissan Altima — was a 2015 model car. According to the report, 52,244 '96 Accords were stolen last year.
That's not to say that some of the newer, more modern vehicles are safe from car thieves. NICB President and CEO Joe Wehrle said in a statement that criminals are taking steps to defeat anti-theft technology.
"While older vehicles still dominate our Hot Wheels most stolen list, the number of late model vehicles with anti-theft protection on the list goes to show that technology isn’t foolproof,” said . “Criminals are doing their best to defeat anti-theft technology through hacking and other means while, at the same time, manufacturers and others are working to improve security."
In addition, while the number of car thefts nationwide continues to decline, incidents involving vehicles that are stolen with the keys inside are on the rise, according to the NICB.
For the years 2012 through 2014, the total number of vehicles stolen with keys was 126, 603, according to the NICB. Last year, the organization ranked New Jersey eighth nationwide for stolen vehicles complete with keys.
“Far too often, drivers leave their vehicles unlocked or with the keys inside, making it way too easy for an opportunistic thief," Wehrle said. "And as we noted recently, many stolen cars are not reported as typical thefts to police because many of today’s thefts are financial crimes involving complicated VIN switching, cloning, straw buyers, illegal exports and other sophisticated criminal methods.”
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