The Ford Full Size Pickup is the new favorite target of car thieves. In fact, the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) put out a “Hot Wheels’ report that included the country’s crime data. The most stolen vehicle that made it on this list for 2019 was the Ford Full Size Pickup. And, it actually replaced the Honda Civic as being the top theft target.

This report examines theft data for vehicles the law enforcement submitted to the National Crime Information Center (NCIC). It shows the vehicle’s model, make and model year reported the most stolen in 2019.

Here are the statistics (with 1 being the top stolen):

  1. Ford Full Size Pickup: 38,938 thefts; vehicle year most stolen: 2006
  2. Honda Civic: 33,220 thefts; vehicle year most stolen: 2000
  3. Chevrolet Full Size Pickup: 32,583 thefts; vehicle year most stolen: 2004
  4. Honda Accord: 30,745 thefts; vehicle year most stolen: 1997
  5. Toyota Camry: 15,656 thefts; vehicle year most stolen: 2007
  6. Nissan Altima: 13,355 thefts; vehicle year most stolen: 2015
  7. Toyota Corolla: 12,137 thefts; vehicle year most stolen: 2018
  8. Dodge Full Size Pickup: 11,292 thefts; vehicle year most stolen: 2001
  9. GMC Full Size Pickup: 11,164 thefts; vehicle year most stolen: 2018
  10.  Honda CR-V: 10,094 thefts; vehicle year most stolen: 2001

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Keyless ignitions have gained much popularity in the automotive market in the past several years and you can basically find them in every vehicle from economy vehicles to luxury SUVs. They’re convenient for the car owner, but unfortunately they also make it easier for thieves to steal your vehicle. And, to make matters worse, it’s becoming cheaper to buy the devices that defeat these systems.

Vehicles with keyed-ignition are also susceptible to theft, but they provide a deterrent that’s enough to keep a lot of thieves away. With the traditional keyed ignition, you need to insert an actual physical key into the ignition cylinder and rotate it to start your vehicle.

And, modern vehicles that have keyed ignition systems offer another layer of security — immobilizer systems that look for a specific RFID chip before they allow your vehicle to be started. Now, keyless-ignition vehicles also work in the same type of manner, you need to press a button to start the vehicle instead.

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If you’re in the market for a new vehicle in 2020, you have choices — and many of them. So, how do you know which car is the best? The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is helping people make this decision with their newest TOP SAFETY PICK awards.

The IIHS qualified 64 cars and SUVs for an award under new criteria that prioritize both the vehicle’s occupants and the protection of pedestrians.

For vehicles to qualify for the TOP SAFETY PICK 2020 award or the TOP SAFETY PICK+ award, they must make good ratings in IIHS’s six crashworthiness evaluations. They need to have available front crash prevention and acceptable or good headlights that earns superior or advanced ratings in both vehicle-to-pedestrian and vehicle-to-vehicle evaluations.

The “+” is awarded to vehicles that come solely with acceptable or good headlights, which makes it simpler for consumers to identify adequately equipped vehicles. Twenty-three of the 64 award winners qualify for the TOP SAFETY PICK+ award.

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