The Texas Auto Burglary and Theft Prevention Authority, University of North Texas and Texas Department of Public Safety have released the 2012 list of Texas Top Ten Most Stolen Vehicles. Trucks are again the highest stolen passenger vehicles in the state. Coming in at number one on the list is Ford pickup trucks, number two Chevy pickups and number three Dodge pickups. Honda sedans took spots four and six on the list with the Civic coming in a number four and the Accord at number six. The Chevy Tahoe was fifth on the list. And rounding out the final four spots: GMC pickups, Chevy Impalas, the Toyota Camry and the Ford Taurus. Information from all Texas law enforcement agencies is used in compiling the annual report.

According to the TABTPA, vehicles are stolen for a variety of reasons, and contrary to popular belief, the most stolen vehicles are several years old.  Some are stolen and stripped for parts.  Others are stolen and resold by thieves to unsuspecting buyers.  Many vehicles are stolen for joyriding, for use in committing other crimes, to perpetrate insurance fraud, to burglarize personal items and documentation, or for any number of other illegitimate purposes.  Vehicle theft directly costs Texans more than any other single crime – over $621 million in 2011.

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