Car theft report reveals most-often stolen vehicles

According to the National Insurance Crime Bureau's annual Hot Wheels report, the car that is most often stolen in Michigan is a small sized 2007 Chevrolet pickup truck. The top 10 list of frequently stolen cars in Michigan also included the full-size 2004 GMC pickup truck and the full-size 2006 Ford pickup truck. The second and third most-often stolen vehicles in Michigan are the 2004 Chevrolet Impala and the 2002 Dodge Caravan.

Nationwide, Honda vehicles top the list of the car models that are stolen most frequently. In 2014, 51,290 Honda Accords and 43,936 Honda Civics were stolen from their owners. Full-size Ford pickup trucks were the third most-often stolen car, and full-size Chevrolet pickup trucks were the fourth most-often stolen car.

The Hot Wheels report was accompanied by some tips to help car owners prevent auto thefts. According to Michigan's anti-car theft initiative Help Eliminate Auto Thefts, or H.E.A.T., car owners should always close their windows tightly, lock their vehicles and close and lock convertible tops when they park. Car owners are also advised to install a steering wheel locking devise, alarm, kill switch or a VIN etching for extra protection.

A conviction for car theft or attempted car theft can have a significant impact on a person's future job prospects. A lawyer may be able to help someone who is facing theft charges to negotiate for reduced charges and a minimal sentence. If a person was falsely accused of car theft, a lawyer may be able to help the defendant to present evidence to contradict the prosecution's case.