AUSTIN -- Pickup trucks were the most targeted vehicles for auto thefts in 2012, according to a report released by Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS). DPS said that has been the trend in Texas for many years.
DPS released its final MVT19 report on the top vehicles reported stolen in Texas during 2012. The report stated that Ford pickups were the most popular targets for thieves in Texas. DPS said most stolen vehicles are several years old.
Vehicle theft directly costs Texans more than any other single crime – over $621 million in 2011, the report stated.
Here's the top ten list of most stolen passenger vehicles in Texas in 2012:
- Ford Pickup
- Chevrolet Pickup
- Dodge Pickup
- Honda Civic
- Chevrolet Tahoe
- Honda Accord
- GMC Pickup
- Chevrolet Impala
- Toyota Camry
- Ford Taurus
DPS said vehicles are stolen for a variety of reasons. Some are stolen and stripped for parts. Others are stolen and resold by thieves to unsuspecting buyers. Many vehicles are stolen for joyriding, for use in committing other crimes, to perpetrate insurance fraud, to burglarize personal items and documentation, or for any number of other illegitimate purposes.
DPS says drivers should practice prevention techniques such as hiding contents that may be desirable to a thief, locking vehicle doors, and taking their keys.
The MVT19 report is compiled monthly by DPS and represents vehicle theft data entered into the Texas Crime Information Center (TCIC) by all Texas law enforcement agencies. An error margin of plus or minus five percent is assumed for incorrect entries by agencies.