• Sep 16th 2010 at 6:57PM
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The Federal Bureau of Investigation reports that car thefts in 2009 were at their lowest level in 20 years. Last year, a total of 794,616 vehicles were stolen from their owners – a 17 percent drop compared to 2008. Without a doubt, those numbers are good news for car owners across the country, but the FBI report isn't all roses and sunshine. The government agency also says that while theft numbers are down, so is the number of vehicles recovered after they're stolen.
Last year, authorities were able to return just 42 percent of all stolen vehicles. That number marks a 25 percent decline compared to 2008. The reason? Law enforcement says that thieves are getting smarter all the time, and that most acts of vehicle theft are perpetrated by professionals who are skilled at their trade. Experts recommend following the usual tricks to make sure you're not a victim, including locking your vehicle, keeping valuables out of sight and parking it well-lit areas to make sure your vehicle doesn't wind up on the short list of those stolen in 2010.

[Source: Consumer Reports | Image: Peter Dazeley/Getty]

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      • 5 Years Ago
      "including locking your vehicle"- No way! /s
      I bet the increasing amount of cars with engine immobolizers have a lot to do with the decline of thefts, but the sucky thing is if someone wants your car bad enough, they'll find a way to take it no matter how many security features your car has. Tow trucks are one of the most common, but I've heard of folks who's car was broken into at night, put into neutral, rolled down the street a block or so, and stripped on the spot. If you look around, there are even folks who's cars have been taken despite the fact they were in a garage. If a thief is determined enough, they'll get it. But that's what insurance is for!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Theres nothing in my Mirage that anyone would want. I practically leave the doors unlocked. All they would find inside is a clean, driver focused interior with no distractions, easy to use A/C controls, and simple analog gauges.
        • 5 Years Ago
        A Mirage. LOL.

        That 10 second 0-60 time is just the epitome of driving purity, right SimpleCar?

        • 5 Years Ago
        The fact that I have a Mirage as a daily driver shows that I have the funds to spend on other go fast toys. It also shows your ignorance.
      • 5 Years Ago
      They will steal in daylight in front of everyone. Trust me I know.
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