NORWALK, Conn., Aug. 22, 2006 - All car owners should be aware of the top stolen cars across the country and the metropolitan areas with the highest theft rates.
Just because you have an inexpensive car doesn't mean you're safe from car theft," said NASCAR legend and AutoVantage spokesman Bobby Hamilton. "Next to your home, your car is probably your largest investment - be aware and protect it from theft."
Each year, the National Insurance Crime Bureau (www.nicb.com) conducts several studies identifying the most stolen cars and the areas of the country where the most cars are stolen.
"Living in one of these areas or having one of these cars is not a reason to move or sell your vehicle," said Brad Eggleston, vice president of AutoVantage. "But if you use common sense and spend a few extra dollars on anti-theft protection for your car, you're much less likely to become a victim."
The 10 metropolitan areas with the highest vehicle theft rates last year were:
The NICB also names the "hottest cars" in the U.S. In its most recent study, the most stolen cars were:
Additionally, when it comes to insurance claims based on theft for one- to three-year-old models, the Highway Loss Data Institute (HLDI) gave the luxurious Cadillac Escalade SUV the dubious honor for most claims for the fourth year in a row. The Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution and Dodge Ram 1500 quad cab pickup rounded out the top three.
Regardless of the make and model, everyone should take precautions to avoid being a victim of auto theft. Here are a few suggestions from the experts:
You can spend as little or as much money on car safety as you want, but remember - when it comes to protecting your investment, you can never be too cautious.
Bobby Hamilton, a spokesman for AutoVantage, is the 2004 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Champion after achieving four career NASCAR Winston Cup Series victories. He founded Bobby Hamilton Racing, which owns and operates three trucks in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series circuit.
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