Study: Car thieves prefer older models

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The 1992 Honda Accord is the most-stolen car in Oregon, according to a report released Wednesday by the National Insurance Crime Bureau. (Photo courtesy of the American Honda Motor Co.)

EUGENE, Ore. - The National Insurance Crime Bureau has released a list of the top 10 most stolen vehicles in Oregon - and not one of the cars was built before 2002. 

A 1992 Honda Accord tops the list with older model Toyotas and Ford pickups trailing behind. 
 
The report found older vehicles are popular with car thieves because of longevity, value of the parts and they are easier to steal. 
 
"The cars can be stripped really quick and paired together with another car," said Shane Evans, who works at The Stereo Store. 
 
Evans said about 60 percent of customers with older vehicles come into the shop looking for an alarm after a break-in. 
 
Michael Vaughn, the owner of a 1992 Honda Accord, said he has never had someone try to steal his car in the 18 years since purchasing it - although he has heard the make and model is easy to steal.
 
Top 10 stolen cars in Oregon
1.     1992 Honda Accord
2.     1998 Honda Civic
3.     1989 Toyota Camry
4.     1997 Ford Pick-Up (Full Size)
5.     1998 Subaru Legacy
6.     1995 Chevrolet Pickup (Full Size)
7.     1994 Acura Integra
8.     1997 Toyota Corolla
9.     2001 Dodge Pick-Up (Full Size)
10.  1992 Nissan Sentra
"I guess it's easy to steal but I leave the keys in my car; nobody wants it," Vaughn said. 
 
The Northwest Insurance Council recommends keeping your doors locked and windows completely rolled up when leaving your vehicle.
 
Any valuables should be kept out of sight.
 
They also recommend four layers of protection: common sense, warning devices, immobilizing devices and tracking devices. 
 
Evans said there are new car alarms that work with smart phones. The devices allow you to track your car and will alert you if it is unlocked. 
 
"You can track your car, you can know if your car has been unlocked or locked, from your phone. That's the hot and new thing the last couple of years but alarms haven't changed for the most part in the last 10 years," Evans said.