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Thieves Find Unattended Autos Easy Targets During Coronavirus Sheltering-at-Home

The coronavirus hasn’t been kind to car owners. With more people than ever staying home to lessen the spread of COVID-19, their sedans, pickup trucks and SUVs are parked unattended on the streets, making them easy targets for opportunistic thieves. …

How High Costs of Car Parts Drive Car Theft: Insurance Crime Bureau

The National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) says today’s vehicles are loaded with expensive parts and technology that do more than increase the costs of repairs, even in minor accidents. The organization says those same expensive parts are continuing to drive …

Drivers Leaving Keys for Thieves a Growing Problem, Says Insurers’ Crime Bureau

Last year, one out of every eight car thefts was a freebie for the thief because the driver left the keys or the car access device inside. It’s a growing problem according to a report from the insurance industry’s National …

2 Maine Teens Who Stole 8 Cars Caught Breaking Into 9th, Police Say

State police say two 15-year-old boys stole eight cars and caused $50,000 in damage to some of the vehicles and the Litchfield Fairgrounds. The Kennebec Journal reported that police say the teenagers, of Farmingdale and Whitefield, were arrested Wednesday after …

U.S. Olympian Says Gold Medal Stolen From Car in Atlanta

An American Olympian is searching for his 1992 gold medal after he says it was stolen by thieves who broke into his car in Atlanta. Joe Jacobi won a gold medal for the U.S. in the two-man canoe slalom event …

Nashville Police Remind Citizens Not to Help Thieves Steal Cars

Nashville Police say some citizens are unwittingly helping car thieves steal their vehicles. Police say a review of reports of vehicles stolen from the week of Jan. 31 to Feb. 6 showed that 68 percent of the automobiles were easy …

Vehicle Theft in California Down 48 Percent From Peak, Report Shows

The National Insurance Crime Bureau today released a historic look at vehicle theft in California that shows thefts dropped from a peak year in 1992 more than a 48 percent to 2013. California has the distinction of being the only …

Top 10 Metro Areas for Car Thefts

The National Insurance Crime Bureau’s (NICB) “Hot Spots” report examines vehicle theft data obtained from the National Crime Information Center (NCIC) for each of the nation’s metropolitan statistical areas (MSAs). For 2013, the 10 MSAs with the highest vehicle theft …

Georgia Firefighters Say Their Cars Are Robbed During Calls

Firefighters near Atlanta believe their personal cars are being targeted by thieves while they’re away fighting fires and responding to emergencies. Wayne Hines of the Fulton County Professional Firefighters’ Union said the cars, parked at fire stations just southwest of …

Mercedes Most Popular Luxury Car Among U.S. Thieves

Daimler AG’s Mercedes-Benz vehicles were the most sought-after luxury brand among U.S. car thieves from 2009 through 2012 as the New York City region had the greatest number of thefts, an insurance industry group said. More Mercedes C-Class cars, a …