Do you own one of the vehicles listed by the State of Texas as 'most stolen'?

Pickups are not only popular among Texas drivers, they are also top targets for Texas vehicle thieves!  The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) has released its final MVT19 report on the top vehicles reported stolen in Texas during 2012. Based on the reports, pickup trucks top the list of thieves’ most common targets for the year.  Coming in at No. 1 was the Ford Pickup followed closely by the Chevrolet Pickup at No. 2.  In the No. 3 position, the Dodge Pickup also remains a popular target for Texas thieves.  The Honda Civic and the Chevrolet Tahoe round out the top five stolen vehicles.

The complete top ten list of 2012 most stolen passenger vehicles in Texas includes:

1)  Ford Pickup

2)  Chevrolet Pickup

3)  Dodge Pickup

4)  Honda Civic

5)  Chevrolet Tahoe

6)  Honda Accord

7)  GMC Pickup

8)  Chevrolet Impala

9)  Toyota Camry

10) Ford Taurus

Vehicles are stolen for a variety of reasons: 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 like drug running. And as it turns out, vehicle theft is very costly to Texans, more than any other single crime – over $621 million in 2011.

One important thing you can do to keep your from being stolen, don't leave your vehicle running unattended at a store. Vehicle owners should also be aware of their environment when parking their cars. Practice prevention techniques such as hiding contents that may be desirable to a thief, locking vehicle doors, and taking keys.

Have you had one of these vehicles stolen in the last year?