Vehicles that attract car thieves

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You might have your favorite car models. Well, so do car thieves. The National Insurance Crime Bureau is out with its annual list of the vehicles that are stolen the most often in the U.S. The tally is based on theft reports submitted by law enforcement to the National Crime Information Center.

For the fourth year in a row, the Number One most-stolen vehicle is the 1994 Honda Accord. Older vehicles are often sought after by car thieves because of the value of their parts. Also, they don’t come with the improved anti-theft technology that newer cars and trucks tend to have.

Second on the list is the 1998 Honda Civic, followed by 2006 Ford full-size pickup trucks. Then comes the 1991 Toyota Camry, and the 2000 Dodge Caravan minivan rounds out the top five.

The National Insurance Crime Bureau notes that car thieves have been less busy. According to preliminary FBI data, auto thefts declined 3.3 percent in 2011 to the lowest level since 1967.

For more on vehicles that attract car thieves, visit I’m Doug Whiteman.