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Ford, Chevrolet Trucks Top the List of Most Stolen Vehicles in March

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CITY OF HOUSTON (Covering Katy) – Ford and Chevrolet trucks by far lead the pack in an unfortunate list, both making it to the top of the Houston Police Department’s top ten list of vehicles reported stolen in March.

Ford trucks came in at number one, with 159 reported stolen. Chevrolet trucks came in second, with 148 reported stolen.

The numbers drop steeply from there, with Chevrolet cars coming in at 67, GMC trucks at 54, Honda cars at 50, Dodge trucks at 45, Toyota cars at 41, Nissan cars at 34, Dodge cars at 25 and Nissan trucks at 18.

Geico, a provider of car insurance, offers the following tips to help prevent auto theft:

  • Keep your vehicle locked at all times, even while driving
  • When parked, never leave your keys in the car. Close all the windows and the sunroof.
  • Never leave your car running and unattended.
  • Avoid leaving valuables inside your vehicle where passersby can see them.
  • Do not leave your vehicle title in the car. Too often a car thief is pulled over and gets away from the police because he or she can produce the auto registration. (If multiple drivers use the vehicle, the best suggestion would be to hide the registration in a secret location in the car that only the owners know.)
  • Know where you’re going. Avoid known high crime areas even if the alternate route takes longer.
  • Install an anti-theft system in your vehicle if it doesn’t have one. Thieves are reluctant to steal vehicles if they know the cars can be recovered quickly.
  • Thieves prefer to work in the dark. Be particularly cautious at night about where you park your car. Park it in a well-lit area if possible.
  • Look around. Be aware of your surroundings, especially in garages, parking lots and gas stations.
  • Have your car’s vehicle identification number (VIN) etched on each of the windows. Car thieves want to get off cheap. They don’t want to go to the expense of replacing all the glass.
  • On an incline, leave your car in park or in gear with the wheels turned toward the curb or some other obstruction. This makes it harder for thieves to tow your vehicle.
  • If confronted by a carjacker, do not resist. Cars can be replaced; you can’t.

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