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2012-07-24 16.01.14-1theftThe National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) has released information about where the most SUV and CUV thefts occur in the U.S.

As you might expect it is … California!!!!

This covers the time period from January 2008 to June 2012. Of course California has the largest population and is the center for car culture, so citizens of the state shouldn’t be too alarmed that they rank first.

However, the disturbing part of the data is that the number of thefts is increasing on a yearly basis.

The total number is 3,003 vehicles stolen.

Over 50 percent of those are happening in Southern California.

Protect your rides, people! (Get a Viper system!)

Read more about the car theft trend from Yahoo News here.

2012-07-24 16.00.48We blogged a while ago about thieves taking third row seats from SUVs.

Now in a continuing trend of stealing parts of vehicles instead of the entire thing itself, we find thieves are making off with truck tailgates.

What some people may find truly shocking about this is that it only takes 30 seconds to remove the tailgate. Yikes!

Meanwhile for the owner it’ll take a lot longer to replace and at a cost of around $1,000! This is a relatively new type of theft but the National Insurance Crime Bureau says that it’s definitely on the rise.

See the article for which truck models are most likely targets (beware Ford owners) and the states where it happens most. And follow the recommendations to avoid losing your tailgate.

Read more about the tailgate theft spree from The Car Connection here.

2012-07-24 16.00.48Waaahhhh!!! Waaahhhh!!!!

Who would’ve thought one of the most effective ways to stop a car thief is having an 8-month old toddler in the backseat.

The imbecile who tried to take off in the vehicle apparently had no clue that there was an infant back there.

When he discovered he had not only stolen the ride but inadvertently kidnapped the child as well, he abandoned it and the baby, and called the police to let them know where they were.

Of course if the parents hadn’t left them unattended with the engine running this never would’ve happened!

Read more about the baby on board escapade from Yahoo here.

2012-07-24 16.00.58A little while ago we reported about an ordinance in Wisconsin prohibiting car owners from leaving their vehicles unattended and idling on city streets.

Not surprisingly in Colorado they also have laws against “puffing,” a term popularized by thieves who scour neighborhoods on cold mornings looking for easy targets as indicated by the exhaust emanating from the tailpipe.

In 2011 there were 9,300 car thefts in Colorado that totaled $57 million in losses. Clearly stopping the easiest thefts is a priority in the state.

All citizens have to do is stay with their cars. Unless they want to risk a $100 fine.

Or of course they can get remote start systems which then make puffing legal.

That’s because you can’t simply drive off with a car that’s been started remotely and which has no key in the ignition.

There you go, no ticket and your car is safe. (They can also look up remote start from their phone.)

Why anyone would risk committing the violation or losing their automobile is beyond us!

Check out more on this puffy story from 9News.com here.

2012-07-24 16.00.48Pheeeeeeeeew!!!!!

Oh, well thank goodness for those little things.

We’re sure a lot of guys will be relieved to hear that model Jess Barton has recovered the parts to her prized 1000+ horsepower Supra.

Police found a house that apparently was a huge chop shop where most of her disassembled car was identified in different rooms.

We’re happy for her, and for this opportunity to share this pic of the still-intact vehicle.

It’s unfortunate that she and her bikini-clad friend had to block the shot.

Make sure to check it out!

Read more about the bikini-clad stuff and the recovered Supra from Jalopnik here.

(Also, don’t forget, if you got a crazy, souped-up car, get a Viper system on there stat ….)