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Report: Pickup Trucks Are Thieves' No. 1 Target



    A vehicle crimes task force released new information listing the most stolen vehicles in Texas. (Published Wednesday, March 6, 2013)

    A new report shows that pickup trucks are not just popular among Texas drivers -- they also are what thieves want to steal.

    The Texas Department of Public Safety issued its list of the top vehicles stolen in Texas in 2012:

    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

    "If you have one of these vehicles here in the state of Texas, be aware they are more heavily targeted and the thief is looking for an opportunity to steal," said Michelle Lanham of Reduce Auto Theft Texas.

    The DPS list is compiled from vehicle theft data entered into the Texas Crime Information Center by all law enforcement agenices in the state.

    Lanham says thieves are looking to sell the parts, particularly those belonging to older trucks.

    "Parts -- what kind of vehicles need parts? It's not new ones, it's old ones," she said.

    Lanham said the best way to keep your vehicle safe is hide any belongings inside the car and lock it.

    Also, be extra careful when parking in large and crowded parking lots.