Pop quiz: what car do you think was the most stolen car in 2008? The National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) just released its list of the top 10 stolen vehicles for 2008. You can also find out the top 10 most stolen vehicles by state. If you think having an older car is any protection, think again - older models are popular for their parts. Plus, newer models are getting harder to steal since they are more likely to be equipped with anti-theft devices.
The good news is that auto theft continues on its 5-year downward trend, with 2008 being the lowest annual total in over 20 years.
To avoid theft, NICB recommends four layers of protection:
Common Sense: Lock your car and take your keys.
Warning Device: Having and using a visible or audible warning device.
Immobilizing Device: "Kill" switches, fuel cut-offs and smart keys are among the devices which are extremely effective.
Tracking Device: A tracking device that emits a signal to the police or to a monitoring station when the vehicle is stolen is very effective in helping authorities recover stolen vehicles.
View or download a brochure with more tips on how to reduce your chances of auto theft.