Americans are incredibly afraid of car thefts, according to a new poll conducted by Gallup. The organization asked individuals about the different crimes that they worry about being a victim of, with car theft landing toward the top of the list. Of those surveyed, 42 percent said that they worried about someone boosting their ride at least occasionally.
Does this data speak to the importance of finding a car that has good security features, making it more difficult to steal? That’s probably not a bad idea, but so is avoiding the hottest cars for thieves. Not surprisingly, the most stolen vehicles are older, and so don’t have the anti-theft features that newer models come with. The National Insurance Crime Bureau said that during all of 2013, 53,995 Honda Accords were taken by criminals, with the most popular models coming from the 1990s. In comparison, the organization said that the most commonly stolen 2013 model last year was the Nissan Altima, with only 810 units boosted.
For all the worrywarts out there, the good news is that the general trend of car thefts in the United States is going down, not up, after a small spike during the Great Recession, says the FBI. At the same time, that means that a vehicle is stolen in the country at a rate of more than one a minute, which might indicate why so many people worry about losing their ride.
There are several other factors that can increase the chances that your car is stolen, like if you leave it parked outside every night or live in an area where car thefts are common. Needless to say, owning an Acura Integra is almost a surefire way to be a victim.
Interestingly enough, the top fear on the Gallup poll was having credit card information stolen by hackers.
Steven has been writing about cars and other transportation issues worldwide for over ten years. His love for cars started long before he can remember, with Corvettes and 911s being his first car-crushes. Since then, he has owned many types of vehicles and has come to appreciate a wide variety of models, the diverse car culture groups, and the automotive industry in general.