BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - America's most stolen vehicle for 2007, the 1995 Honda Civic, this according to the National Insurance Crime Bureau or NICB. Other cars that topped the list include the 1991 Honda Accord and 1989 Toyota Camry.
So, why the older cars? The NICB says thieves tend to stick with stolen parts that consistently sell well.
Following the national trend, the Accord and Camry also made the top ten list in Mississippi, though newer models were favored. Again, more demand for the car usually results in more demand for its parts.
But, local law enforcement and the NICB say despite the cars' popularity among thieves, your car doesn't have to become an easy target.
They suggest using a layered approach in protecting yourself.
The first layer is common sense.
- Lock your doors.
- Don't leave your keys in the ignition.
- Keep valuables out of sight.
The second layer is to consider investing in some sort of steering wheel locking device. Biloxi detective, Captain John Miller, says this is one of the best and least expensive deterrents against thieves. If you're willing to spend a little more, Miller says an alarm can be money well spent.
Lastly, the NICB suggests installing a tracking system which gives off a signal to police if your car is stolen.