To Catch a Car Thief

Apr 01, 2009
Every 26 seconds, a car is stolen, adding up to 1.2 million stolen vehicles a year and billions in higher insurance premiums.  Allstate Insurance Co. is hoping to reduce the number of stolen vehicles by donating “bait cars” to select police departments throughout the country.

The bait cars – which were not available for public viewing in order to keep their identities secret – are outfitted with advanced technologies that will allow for police departments to catch thieves in action. Allstate hopes that by helping educate police on how criminals approach car theft, they can also help them to prevent it from happening.

The National Insurance Crime Bureau reports that the most popular stolen cars nationwide are:

  • 1995 Honda Civic
  • 1991 Honda Accord
  • 1989 Toyota Camry
  • 1997 Ford F-150 Series Pickup
  • 1994 Chevrolet C/K 1500 Pickup
  • 1994 Acura Integra
  • 2004 Dodge Ram Pickup
  • 1994 Nissan Sentra
  • 1988 Toyota Pickup
  • 2007 Toyota Corolla

Are any of your fleet vehicles on the list of “hot wheels?

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