LANSING, MI — Drivers Reminded to ‘Lock It or Lose It.’ Imports and pickups were the most popular vehicles stolen in 2014, according to the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB). The top 10 most stolen vehicles in America in 2014 were:
(Vehicle — Number of Thefts)
1. Honda Accord — 51,290
2. Honda Civic — 43,936
3. Ford Pickup (full size) — 28,680
4. Chevrolet Pickup (full size) — 23,196
5. Toyota Camry — 14,605
6. Dodge Pickup (full size) — 11,075
7. Dodge Caravan — 10,483
8. Nissan Altima — 9,109
9. Acura Integra — 6,902
10. Nissan Maxima — 6,586
To avoid becoming a victim of automobile theft, the Michigan Automobile Theft Prevention Authority (ATPA) is teaming with the NICB to encourage motorists to use four layers of protection:
1. Common Sense – Lock your vehicle and take the keys with you. Many thefts occur because owners make it easy
for thieves to steal their vehicle by leaving it unlocked.
2. Warning Device – Using a visible or audible warning device helps ensure your vehicle remains where you left it.
3. Immobilizing Device – Kill switches, fuel cut-offs and smart keys are effective theft deterrents.
4. Tracking Device – A tracking device that emits a signal to police or a monitoring station can help authorities recover your vehicle if it is stolen.
Since the establishment of the ATPA in 1986, it has helped to reduce motor vehicle theft in Michigan by 66 percent. The ATPA awards grants to law enforcement agencies, prosecutors’ offices and neighborhood organizations for the investigation, apprehension, prosecution and prevention of auto thefts.
During the 2014 grant year, ATPA grant – funded auto theft teams recovered 4,198 stolen vehicles, worth approximately $36 million. For more information about the ATPA click here.
(Information Courtesy of Michigan State Police)