COLUMBUS, Ohio (WTVN)--Fewer vehicles are being stolen in Ohio, a trend that continued in 2013, and has declined every year since 2006.
The National Insurance Crime Bureau's annual "Hot Wheels" list for the U.S., and the state of Ohio, lays out the most-frequently stolen vehicles. In Ohio, the 1994 Chevrolet full-size pickup truck tops the list. The 2000 Dodge Caravan is number two, followed by the 2004 Ford full-size pickup, the 1998 Jeep grand Cherokee, and the 1996 Buick Century.
Two Honda models top that national list, with the Accord number one, and the Civic 2nd.
Mary Bonelli, with the Ohio Insurance Institute, says the older makes and models are dominating the list, because they are being stolen for their parts, and because security systems are becoming more advanced on newer models. "The keys today all contain a microchip. I know they're more expensive to replace, but if you look at the bigger picture, they're a lot harder to steal as well," Bonelli said.
The NICB's report also cites GPS tracking and monitoring, along with the technology capable of immobilizing the vehicle.
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