As Top Ten lists go, there's nothing funny about this one.
The Alameda County Regional Auto Theft Task Force has released its list of the top 10 vehicles stolen in Alameda County during October, when 499 vehicles were reported stolen in the county. Police are warning motorists to take extra precautions securing their vehicles.
Here are the 10 most-stolen cars:
1. Honda Civic, 1992-2000: 167 stolen
2. Honda Accord, 1990-1997: 161 stolen
3. Nissan Maxima, 1995-1998: 44 stolen
4. Acura Integra, 1991-1998: 33 stolen
5. Ford pickup, 1997-2012: 25 stolen
6. Toyota Camry, 1988-1991: 22 stolen
7. Honda CRV, 1997-2001: 17 stolen
8. Nissan Altima, 1995-1997: 12 stolen
9. Infinity i30, 1996-1997: 9 stolen
10. Nissan Sentra, 1993-1994: 9 stolen
Police also have the following tips for keeping your car safe, especially during the holidays, when thieves are on the prowl for gifts to steal: Never leave your car running unattended, even to dash into a business or store. Never leave keys in the car or ignition, even inside a locked garage, or in hide-a-key boxes. Always roll up your windows and lock the car, even if it your car is parked in front of your home. Never leave valuables in plain view, even if your car is locked. Always park in high-traffic, well-lighted areas. Install a mechanical device that locks the steering wheel, steering column or brakes. Investigate the purchase of a vehicle theft tracking/security system, especially if you own one of the frequently stolen vehicles. Never leave personal identification documents, vehicle ownership title or credit cards in your vehicle. If you must leave your key with a valet, attendant or mechanic leave only the ignition key. The vehicle identification number (VIN) should be etched on windows, doors, fenders and trunk lid. This makes it difficult for a thief to market your stolen car parts. Copy your license plate number and VIN on a card and keep them with you. If your vehicle is stolen, the police will need this information to take a report. Many vehicles come with some type of security system from the factory; upgraded systems that shut off the fuel supply are the best ones to have.
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