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9/13/2012 - Honda most stolen vehicle brand in 2011

Some Hondas were frequently stolen in 2011.

In 2011, car thieves tended to gravitate toward foreign brands built in the 1990s, as a new report indicates what automobiles were most frequently stolen.

According to the National Insurance Crime Bureau, the 1994 Honda Accord was the most-stolen vehicle last year, followed by the 1998 Honda Civic. The full-size 2006 Ford Pickup, the 1991 Toyota Camry and the 2000 Dodge Caravan rounded out the top five, meaning that three of the most frequently purloined vehicles were foreign-made. Among domestic nameplates, the most popular brands were those built by Ford, Dodge and Chevrolet, respectively.

Many motorists have recourse to turn to should their vehicles be stolen, as theft may be covered under the comprehensive portion of auto insurance policies. However, avoiding theft may be more difficult in some situations.

"Today’s vehicle thieves are typically professional criminals who have figured out how to get the key code for a specific vehicle, have a replacement key made, and steal the vehicle within a matter of days" said Joe Wehrle, NICB president. "We are aware of nearly 300 thefts that took place in the first three months of this year in which we believe replacement keys using illegally obtained key codes were used to steal the vehicle."

Despite car thieves' more advanced tactics, NICB indicates that the number of report thefts fell last year 3.3% from 2010, bringing the total number of cars stolen to its lowest level in more than 35 years.

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