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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 16.00.48Pheeeeeeeeew!!!!!

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 ….)

Jessica Barton.Credit: Facebook.

Jessica Barton.
Credit: Facebook.

It’s unclear if model Jessica Barton had any security for her super custom 1,165 hp Supra.

But it’s not uncommon for many even super high-profile car enthusiasts to skimp on, say, a car alarm or security system in favor of some performance-related aftermarket product for their ride.

However, if you’re spending thousands, if not tens of thousands on your vehicle, then paying a little more for peace of mind seems like a small price to pay.

Barton spent years putting together her ride and unfortunately thieves completely disassembled it for the parts.

The speedy swimsuit model had offered a $5,000 reward to anyone who helped her find the vehicle — but later sent out an Instagram post saying that it was too late and showing a pic of Supra parts piled up in a lot.

“That car has been evolving over 8 years and hundreds of thousands probably invested in it,” Barton said in a comment on the Instagram post.

“I could never just build another one. It’s imposible (sic) to do all this again. It’s a devastating loss to me,” she said.

Want to read more?

Check out even more on the story from Motoramic here.

An astounding 700,000 cars were stolen in the U.S. last year.

While that’s actually a decrease of 3.3 percent, at the same time the number of newer vehicles being stolen (cars from ’09-’11) is increasing, at least according to the National Insurance Crime Bureau.

Intuitively you would think newer cars would be more difficult to jack, but apparently not! Which really should emphasize a car owner’s need for aftermarket security.

The top most-stolen new vehicles from the new survey were:

1) The 2009 Nissan Altima

2) The 2009 Honda Accord

3) The 2009 Honda Civic

4) The 2009 Dodge Charger, and

5) (Motorcycle alert!) the 2009 Yamaha YZF-R6

See the list of newer cars from MSN Autos here.

The Range Rover, a luxury SUV.
Credit: Wikipedia.

Don’t think your SUV is less of a target because you’ve removed loose valuables from the interior.

Some thieves aren’t looking for your electronics devices or your briefcase or what have you. No, they want your third row seat!

ABC News is reporting that “third seat theft” is on the rise in Texas and California.

That’s right, crooks are taking the seats and selling them for as much as $1,000. That’s a lot of loot especially for something that can be stolen so easily.

Police recommend you engrave your vehicle’s VIN number on the seat structure or using a bike lock to make it more difficult to unhinge. But frankly the latter will not slow them down much.

And they omit the most obvious solution: a superior car alarm!

Watch the video and see how quickly the robbers are able to access the truck through the back. In less than a minute they’ve accomplished their task while drawing no attention to themselves.

In our opinion, the time to thwart a thief is before they gain entry into your ride. Being able to recover the seats is all well and good, but we’d rather not have to go through that hassle.

Considering how much it costs to replace the third row at the dealership, a wise investment in protecting your vehicle is a must.