List of Vehicles Stolen Most Often Released -- Unlocked Vehicles Main Reason Why in Northeast Arkansas

FEBRUARY 27, 2004 -- posted at: 10:45pm

JONESBORO - Statistics compiled by the FBI show an estimated 1.2 million vehicles were reported stolen in 2002. When you're looking for a vehicle to purchase, the most important things you consider are likely the price, the make and the model, as well as gas mileage and safety features. One item you should and to that list: how likely it is to be stolen.

"If your vehicle is one of those, at least you would know to be a lot more careful; that you are a lot more likely to be targeted than other vehicles," said Cheryl Cook, a Jonesboro insurance agent.

A recently released report from the National Insurance Crime Bureau shows that the five vehicles stolen most often in 2002 were the Toyota Camry, the Honda Accord, the Honda Civic, the Chevrolet Full Size C/K Pickup and the Ford Full Size Pickup: the most popular years stolen are in parenthesis.

Cook added, "...because those are more attractive to the thieves, for whatever reason they decide they want to steal them."

In Arkansas, the ride stolen most often two years ago was the Chevrolet Full Size C/K Pickup, followed by the Ford Full Size Pickup. Across the state line in Missouri, owners of the Oldsmobile Cutlass, Supreme and Ciera filed stolen vehicle reports most often, followed by those driving a Chevrolet Full Size Pickup. In northeast Arkansas, thieves have an especially easy time stealing vehicles. An insurance adjuster told Cook that 80% of the time stolen cars were left unlocked.

"People just leave their keys accessible," Cook explained. "They're under the seat, in the console, in the glove box."

Smack any drivers you know who don't lock-up. Their lack of common sense can end up on your insurance quote.

"One of the factors would be whether it's a vehicle that's a high profile that would be stolen, and that's the reason they do these surveys," said Cheryl Cook.

The survey even said colors are a factor. White is the color of vehicle taken most often.