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Camry, Accord Are Most-Stolen Cars

DETROIT (AP) - The Toyota Camry and Honda Accord remained the most popular targets of car thieves in 2000 as auto theft in the United States rose for the first time in a decade, according to the National Insurance Crime Bureau.

The list of most stolen vehicles released Tuesday contains a mix of passenger cars and sport utility vehicles. Six of the 10 vehicles are from U.S. automakers, although the Toyota Camry and Honda Accord occupy the top two spots.

They were followed by the Oldsmobile Cutlass, Honda Civic, Jeep Cherokee/Grand Cherokee, Chevrolet full size C/K pickup, Toyota Corolla, Chevrolet Caprice, Ford Taurus and Ford F150 pickup.

The F150 reappeared on the list this year after dropping off the 1999. The pickup replaces the Chevrolet Cavalier, which was the 10th most-stolen car in 1999.

``The study confirms that thieves target a wide range of popular passenger vehicle models,'' said Robert Bryant, president and chief executive officer of the by the Arlington, Va.-based nonprofit group.

``Thieves typically choose these vehicles because of their huge profit potential when the cars are stripped own to their components, which then supply a vast black market for stolen parts,'' he said.

The study also showed differences in the vehicles targeted by thieves in different metropolitan areas. American cars were more attractive to thieves in cities such as Chicago, while pickups were more frequently stolen in Dallas. In the Los Angeles area, thieves preferred Japanese models, the NICB said.

Auto thefts nationwide increased 1.2 percent from 1999 to 2000. That's after the number of vehicles reported stolen nationwide in 1999 was 8 percent less than in 1998 - and the lowest number since 1985.

There were 1,165,559 auto thefts in 2000, compared to 1,152,057 in 1999, the NICB said, citing statistics gathered by the FBI (news - web sites).

``The troubling 2000 statistics indicate we need to commit more resources to address this problem and help prevent this increase from becoming a trend,'' Bryant said.

He suggested the reason for the uptick in auto thefts is due to a slowing U.S. economy, reassignment of law enforcement officers from auto theft task forces and open international borders that make it difficult to monitor stolen vehicles.

The Toyota Camry and Honda Accord also held 17 of the top 25 spots in a ranking of 2000 vehicle thefts by CCC Information Services Inc., an insurance industry tracker.

The 1989 Camry led the way for the fourth year in a row, followed by 1990, 1991 and 1988 versions. Honda's 1994, 1996, 1990 and 1995 Accords placed fifth, sixth, eighth and tenth, respectively.

Reflecting a growing appetite for pickup trucks among thieves, the 1994 Chevrolet C1500 4x2 pickup truck placed seventh - up four spots - while the 1997 Ford F-150 4x2 pickup came in ninth.

The CCC report, released in March, ranked the cars annually by make, model and option groups, while the NICB combines theft reports for all years of a particular make and model.


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Yeah, they should but they aint gettin mine. I have the Locktronics factory alarm and key w/microchip & Viper 600ESP Alarm w/Proximity sensor that talks. People steel those types of cars purposely like I knew someone that used to steal cars and would steal Saturns. I asked why in the hell would you take a stupid GM/Saturn, they said cause it was unsuspecting cause who the hell would wanna steal a dang Saturn. Did anyone see the COPS episode with the white base model next gen Intrepid pursuit. The Cop almost lost him. This ghetto ass due was mobbin hella fast in that trep. It was funny when he tore off on the Cop and smoked the front tires. That dude was out.

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