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Texas officials: Thieves continue to prefer pickups

Posted On Tue, March 12, 2013

Trucks, more than any other single vehicle, are the object of Texas-based automotive thieves' desires, a new report concludes.

According to newly released data from the Texas Department of Public Safety, pickup trucks are the most stolen vehicle type in the Lone Star State, The Associated Press reports.

Overall, approximately 63,400 passenger vehicles and trucks were purloined in 2011, the latest year for which data is available. Among specific auto types, pickup trucks were in the top three most stolen, made by Ford, Chevrolet and Dodge, respectively.

Michelle Lanham, spokeswoman for the Texas Auto Burglary and Theft Prevention Authority, noted that this trend has everything to do with how many registered trucks there are on the state's roads.

"We always tell people the reason pickups are so targeted is we are a state of pickup lovers, pickup owners and pickup drivers," said Lanham. "If you have more of a certain type of vehicle on the road, you're bound to have more of that stolen."

She added that pickup truck heists have become more common at the national level only recently. But in Texas they have been the primary vehicles stolen "for many, many years."

"Texas is by far a different animal than the United States overall," said Lanham, according to the AP.

What type of pickup truck thieves prefer tends to differ depending on the location from which thefts are report. For example, TDPS says that heavy-duty pickup trucks are most frequently stolen in the Rio Grande Valley area, while standard pickups are preferred in the Panhandle.

When reviewing auto insurance rates, motorists may want to inquire about coverage that includes protection from theft. As a general rule, comprehensive insurance provides for incidents involving theft.

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