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Massachusetts car heists drop dramatically

Posted On Tue, March 26, 2013

Newly released numbers emanating from the Bay State indicate that fewer people encountered episodes wherein their vehicle was stolen.

According to car theft statistics acquired by The Boston Globe, police officers in Massachusetts received less than 1,600 reports of automotive heists in 2012. That's a sharp decline from 1975, when the Bay State was the country's capital for car thefts, totaling 28,000 or the equivalent of one in every 35 registered vehicles.

Since 2001, Massachusetts has seen fewer automotive thefts in each year, the newspaper notes. Much of this stems from increased police presence but also because of increased usage of anti-theft technology.

Though there's been a national trend toward fewer automotive thefts, this hasn't been the case in some parts of the U.S. For example, in Texas, there's been a spat of pickup truck heists, which Theft Prevention Authority spokeswoman Michelle Lanham says is unique to the Lone Star State. Speaking with The Dallas Morning News, Lanham said that because there are more registered trucks in Texas than cars, naturally more trucks are reported stolen.

Among all vehicle types, however, passenger cars retain their position as the most common class of vehicle that's purloined by criminals. For the third straight year, in fact, the Honda Accord was the nation's most stolen vehicle in 2012, according to data released by automotive theft recovery company LoJack. Other vehicles that have garnered the attention of would-be thieves include the Ford F-250 Pickup, Toyota Camry, Toyota Corolla and Honda Civic. These were the four other cars most frequently stolen and recovered last year.

When reviewing auto insurance rates, policyholders may want to inquire about comprehensive coverage, as this is what enables drivers to recover from their losses should their car be stolen.

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