So far in the first quarter of 2012, the Overland Park Police Department has taken a total of 68 stolen auto reports. That number may not mean a whole lot until you compare it to last year’s numbers.
Through the end of April in 2011, we had 72 auto thefts. Just by looking at that, you could easily surmise the numbers are lower than last year, which they are. The difference this year is really happening during the month of May, where we’ve seen a drastic increase over the first ten days compared to last year. There were 28 reported auto thefts during the whole month of May, 2011, and so far this month we’ve already taken 19 reports. This number may level out, but it could also signal a large increase during the upcoming summer months.
Automobile theft is still the most expensive property crime in the United States. According to FBI statistics, a motor vehicle is stolen in the United States every 40 seconds. The financial loss in 2011 is estimated to be well over $5 billion dollars.
The National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) released the following list which identifies the top ten most stolen vehicles by make and year.
Rank Vehicle Year1 Honda Accord 1994
2 Honda Civic 1995
3 Toyota Camry 1991
4 Chevrolet Pickup (Full Size) 1999
5 Ford F150 Series/Pickup 1997
6 Dodge Ram 2004
7 Dodge Caravan 2000
8 Acura Integra 1994
9 Ford Explorer 2002
10 Ford Taurus 1999