Vehicle theft in the U.S. fell by 7.2 percent in 2010. Around 737,404 vehicles were stolen last year, compared to the 794,616 autos pilfered in 2009. That marks the lowest number of stolen vehicles in the U.S. of A. since 1967, according to the National Insurance Crime Bureau.

Why the decline? New York City, Detroit, Dallas, Miami and Los Angeles – all previous hot beds for grand theft auto – saw their numbers drop in 2010, and Automotive News reports that new anti-theft technology is going a long way toward curbing the crime.

With several insurance companies offering discounts to customers who install anti-theft systems from LoJack or Ravelco, there's more incentive than ever to protect yourself from car thieves. In addition, the NICB says that cars today are simply more difficult to steal than they were 10 years ago.

Law enforcement has also stepped up its game by using bait vehicles to lure in possible thieves. Officers stake out a vehicle with its windows down and its keys in the ignition and wait for crooks to come by. It's apparently working.

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      • 3 Years Ago
      totally against auto theft, but i always root for vin diesel and his crew when they steal cars.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Not for me. Hit triangle. Drive over hooker. Shoot cops. Every day of my life. :)
      • 3 Years Ago
      Must be all that bad influence from video games ....Wait.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Most people dont follow the simple procedures that have worked in many cities across the US... Hide Lock Take. Dallas TX has lowered vehicle crime by 87% by using the most successful auto theft awareness program hide your things, lock your car, and take your keys. There are materials and signs available at if you want to be a part of this great program. Just do a simple search on hide lock take or lock take hide and see what an impact it has made!
      • 3 Years Ago
      real Car theft = no fun. GTA= LOADS of fun. That "Bait Car" reality show on tv= HILARIOUS fun
      • 3 Years Ago
      Tell that to the guy who took my 2000 Civic Si..... :'( Car thieves are the worst bunch of scum on the planet.
        • 3 Years Ago
        You have to be extremely desperate or have huge balls to steal a car. It's not like you can hide a car, like you could cash or jewelry.
          • 3 Years Ago
          Yes, it takes "huge balls" to steal someone else's property, instead of actually getting a job and working hard in order to buy your own vehicle.
          EXP Jawa
          • 3 Years Ago
          Well, really you can - once its been broken down into parts. Granted, that isn't why all cars are stolen, and it requires facilities that can hide the operation, but I bet that's less of challenge then you might think. That's why VIN tagging/etching has become more common, but cars have a lot of parts and you can't address everything...
      • 3 Years Ago
      how about just move out of the bad areas
        • 3 Years Ago
        hahaha they steal cars in nice areas dude. did you read about the veyron and rolls that was stolen?
      DCI Gene Shunt
      • 3 Years Ago
      Ah I remember winters where people would leave their vehicles parked, engine running, keys in ignition to make a quick run into the convenience store. That unwise practice stopped awhile ago.
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