Thieves favorite cars to steal in CT

The National Insurance Crime Bureau has released their top stolen car report for 2011.  The most popular vehicle for a thief was  the 1997 Honda Accord and the 1998 Honda Civic. Every year the agency checks police records of stolen vehicles throughout the country and they compile a list of most popular vehicles that are stolen. In the national list of most popular cars stolen the 1994 Honda Accord and 1998 Honda Civic were among the top cars. In Connecticut 7 out of the top 10 cars were foreign vehicles.

There is a silver lining to this story and that is the reports show that there was a decline in car thefts in the country. Car thefts have not been this low since 1967 reported the FBI. A lot  of this has to do with new technology that deters thieves from stealing a car. Things like VIN etching, new security systems, and key code technology.

Here is the list of the top vehicles stolen in Connecticut.

Rank Vehicle Year
1. Honda Accord 1997
2. Honda Civic 1998
3. Acura Integra 1995
4. Nissan Maxima 1998
5. Toyota Camry 1999
6. Dodge Caravan 1999
7. Nissan Altima 2005
8. Toyota Corolla 1996
9. Ford Pickup (Full Size) 1997
10. Jeep Grand Cherokee 2000




2011 Chevy Caprice Cruisers hit the streets

General Motors has delivered 23 2011 Caprice cop cars to the US. These are Australian built cars built by GM’s Holden brand and shipped to the states. The 23 delivered so far are non pursuit detective models with no word on how many more will be brought over or where they’ll be going. GM did confirm that pursuit models will far out weight the detective models in the very close future.

These aren’t econo box cruisers either. These late model patrol cars come packed with a 6.0L V8 pumping out 355hp and 384 lb-ft. Combined with a 6 speed auto these fully loaded cop cars hit 60mph in less than 6 seconds.  GM will also be offering a V6 version but for patrol cars in pursuit, what cop would want that?