Simple precautions, such as parking in a busy, well-lit area, locking your car, and taking your keys, are more effective than any available anti-theft device. Such gadgets, including tracking or immobilization devices, help people recover stolen cars, but they usually do not deter theft.
Many insurance companies attempt to blame policyholders for theft losses. But in most cases, the insurance company is responsible for the full insured value of the motor vehicle. When these companies try to avoid their responsibilities, a Louisiana stolen car lawyer stands up for you.
10. 2000 Jeep Cherokee
The only SUV on the top ten list is popular and durable. For these reasons, low-level thieves who want the vehicle for themselves are usually drawn to Jeep Cherokees.
9. 2001 Full-Size Dodge Pickup
Some recent security upgrades moved these vehicles from number eight to number nine. However, much like Jeep Cherokees, thieves who want to keep vehicles are attracted to these powerful pickups.
8. 2018 Full-Size GMC Pickup
These vehicles have a higher theft rate than any other vehicle on this list. Furthermore, since these trucks are essentially fresh off the assembly line, some newfangled security gadgets might not be as effective as manufacturers claim they are.
7. 2017 Toyota Corolla
The enduring popularity of this vehicle means there is always a demand for black market parts, especially if these parts are relatively new.
6. 2017 Nissan Altima
Newer Altimas are more likely to be stolen than older Altimas, probably because of the aforementioned demand for parts.
5. 2017 Toyota Camry
People steal newer Camrys for much the same reasons as they steal new Corollas. Since dealers mark up parts so much, thieves can sell parts for much less and still make a tidy profit.
4. 2004 Full-Size Chevrolet Pickup
Chevrolet aggressively markets the longevity of its full-size trucks. Unfortunately for GM, vehicle thieves watch TV too.
3. 2006 Full-Size Ford Pickup
Among many thieves, Fords have a bad reputation as vulnerable vehicles. Fords also have a bad reputation as being unreliable, which explains the strong black market for parts.
2. 1997 Honda Accord
Some people are surprised to see a twenty-year-old vehicle this far up on the list. But as 1997 Accords get older, their ignitions degrade. After so many years, anything, even a house key, can turn the ignition.
2000 Honda Civic
For those of you keeping score at home, that’s two Honda products in the top two. The disturbing thing is that Civic thefts have actually decreased significantly in recent years. However, it’s still by far the most commonly-stolen vehicle in Louisiana.
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