Tips for Protecting Your Car from Theft
According to a recent Highway Loss Data Institute (HLDI) study, Dodge muscle cars are particularly appealing to car thieves. The organization published a list that ranks vehicles based on the frequency of theft claims. It showed that the Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat from 2020-2022 was stolen at a rate 60 times higher than the average car. Following close behind is the Dodge Charger with a regular V8 engine at 22 times the average and the Dodge Challenger at almost eight times the average. With car theft becoming increasingly problematic, even more common models are at risk.
Other Common Models at Risk
In 2022, roughly one million vehicles were stolen, as the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) reported. This figure surpasses pre-pandemic levels by approximately 100,000 cars. Industry experts attribute the continued rise in car thefts to economic difficulties, limited public resources, and the influence of social media.
According to law enforcement, many thefts involve older car models lacking advanced anti-theft features or vehicles with keys or fobs left inside. Simultaneously, authorities note that some criminals are employing increasingly sophisticated electronic tools to steal cars without causing any physical damage to windows, locks, or steering columns.
Recent trends in vehicle theft have been significantly influenced by vulnerabilities, notably the Hyundai and Kia models. Online tutorials have revealed methods to steal these vehicles that lack engine immobilizers, a feature that prevents the car from starting without its key. The HLDI found that from 2020 to 2022, three Kia models, Rio, Forte, and Sportage, were among the top 20 most frequently stolen vehicles. According to a 2022 HLDI report, theft claims for Hyundai and Kia models from 2015 to 2019 were nearly double those of other manufacturers.