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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 16.00.52The poet Robert Frost wrote “I took the one less traveled by.”

Keep that in mind when you read the list of the best roads in America for speed freaks.

No offense to those who live near the areas mentioned, but we had to Google map many of the highways. But now we know which routes to take on our next cross-country journey.

Keep in mind, the list is restricted to only U.S. and Canadian roads — (excluding famed fast-driver hot spots such as Germany’s A81 Autobahn leading to the Austrian border — where you can basically floor it and drive as fast as you want.

This list includes several hidden little American secrets.

Coming in at No. 10 is the I-65 between Montgomery and Mobile, Alabama, but only when the football games are on because the local say that the cops are almost always working them.

No, 9 is the famed “Cowschwitz” — the I-5 outside Coalinga, California, stretching between San Francisco and L.A. — which apparently reeks of cow like you would not believe.

No cops on patrol, go figure!!!!

Check out the full list from Jalopnik below:

The Ten Best North American Roads For Speed Freaks

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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.

Hey Viper fans, check out these new hot photos we snapped recently in the Snake Pit here at Viper headquarters in Vista, Calif.

These hot shots in the gallery below are of a remote start and security install on a Nissan Titan.

A few weeks ago, we showed all of you an Instagram photo of this same install on the Titan, check it out here.

(Btw, it’s not the silver Titan we showed you last week).

Take a peek!

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It’s like a low-tech “Minority Report.”

Lathrop, Calif., lovebirds Steve and Amanda Nelson are taking to YouTube after their tricked-out Honda Accord got boosted right in front of their house.

The couple apparently uses their dog Pismo as their super-cheap car alarm option (whoops! That might be their first mistake right there, maybe try a REAL alarm.) The normally peaceful pooch first confronted the thieves when they slunk up alongside the house:

“She doesn’t bark, so I elbowed him a little bit and I said, ‘Babe,’ and he said, ‘I’m going, I’m going,’” Amanda told FOX40 in Sacramento.

Steve ran around to the front of the house, just in time to see the car rolling on away.

Now on the hunt, the couple has slapped the footage on YouTube, imploring the help of anyone who sees either the thieves or their car — along with a message to the ne’er-do-wells:

“Try working for what you want in life and you can have the nice things we have without stealing,” Amanda told FOX40.

Check out the YouTube footage below: