Top 10 most stolen cars in Texas
POSTED: Wednesday, March 6, 2013 - 7:45pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, March 6, 2013 - 10:45pm
Tyler, TX (KETK) — Pickups are not only popular among Texas drivers, they are also targets for vehicle thieves in Texas.
The Texas Department for Public Safety released it's final report on the top vehicles reported stolen in Texas in 2012.
This information is recorded monthly by the DPS and represents the vehicle theft data entered into the Texas Crime Information Center by all Texas law enforcement agency.
The complete top ten list of the 2012 most stolen passenger vehicles in Texas are
1) Ford Pickup
2) Chevrolet Pickup
3) Dodge Pickup
4) Honda Civic
5) Chevrolet Tahoe
6) Honda Accord
7) GMC Pickup
8) Chevrolet Impala
9) Toyota Camry
10) Ford Taurus
Vehicles are stolen for many reasons, the most stolen vehicles are several years old. Some are stolen and stripped for parts. Others are stolen and resold by thieves to unsuspecting buyers. Many vehicles stole are for joyriding, committing other crimes, perpetrate insurance fraud, and burglarize personal items.
Crime task forces remind Texas drivers that vehicle thieves are always looking for opportunities to steal. Vehicle owners should be aware that thieves can be lurking anywhere.
Drivers are asked to practice prevention techniques such as hiding contents, locking vehicles, and taking keys.
For more information on vehicle crime stats call 214-671-3738 or 800-CAR-WATCH.