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We’re sure someone, somewhere in the world has failed to follow “the steps” to take after they’ve had the misfortune to have their car stolen. But seriously, do we need a list? Well, apparently so.

In 2010, auto thefts cost U.S. drivers about $4.5 billion. Although, in 2012 there has been a 3.3 percent reduction in the number of auto thefts, but that DOESN’T MEAN THEY DON’T EXIST ANYMORE. People get their cars stolen every day!

Now have you ever had one of those sleep-deprived days … or gotten lazy? Or maybe you parked in an unsafe area or didn’t lock your car one time and you come back to the spot to find it empty? Here is what you do.

According to this recent list from Jalopnik:

1: Make sure your car’s actually gone!  (We did say if you were having one of those sleep-deprived days, didn’t we??)

2: Now that you pinched yourself and realized you AREN’T just having a nightmare, you move on to the next step. Ask yourself if it might have been towed.

3: You should probably notify the police, right?

4: Call your vehicle security provider (if you’re lucky you have information from a Viper SmartStartGPS unit that you can relay to them).

5: Ask people nearby if they saw anything.

6: FREAK OUT. This would be a perfectly appropriate moment to let your emotions flow out. Don’t get too crazy now; you will soon be surrounded by the police!

7: Call your insurance company.

8: Look for your car online. It’s not too unlikely the thief had alternative motives, other than ruining your life, for stealing your car! Money perhaps? Maybe you can re-purchase your car vehicle and bag the crook!

9: *Sniff Sniff … Start looking for a replacement! *Sniff

10: Lastly, but CERTAINLY NOT LEAST. Learn from your mistakes!

We like this last nugget of advice the best: “Learn from it”! As in, don’t skimp on car security. And then maybe you won’t have to read the other recommendations.

Be smart, and make a vow to never have to follow these steps. EVER. Get your car protected! Choose Viper!

To read the full Jalopnik article, click here.

Think your car is safe when you drop it off at the dealership for a repair or what have you?

Well, apparently not at Autobarn Volkswagen in the Chicago area. One poor woman named Leanne Digan dropped off her ’06 Passat to fix or replace her remote key device.

To her surprise, that would be the LEAST of her worries!

While in their possession, the vehicle was stolen (and later recovered but stripped of all valueable parts).

A hard lesson to learn — but she would’ve been better off going to a car audio shop instead where she could’ve replaced the factory key with an aftermarket security system that would’ve alerted her that thieves were working the Volkswagen lot.

Let Digan’s experience be a lesson for everyone! Let’s not be so trusting, but fight back and work to protect our property by getting an effective alarm system! Imagine how the plot of this tragic experience would have shifted if she had only had an efficient car alarm — or had been able to GPS track her car! Maybe the people at the dealership would have been more aware of the situation? Or maybe they could have stopped it?

Moral of the story: Don’t wait around until it’s YOU that had to learn the hard way, be one step ahead of the game!

Read more about Digan’s dilemma from the Chicago Tribune here:

Problem Solver: Car Stolen From Dealership While in for Repair; Negotiations Stall

If you have a new car with all the latest high-tech innovations then you have less to fear about car theft!

No promises, of course. But after seeing the Top 10 list of most-stolen vehicles filled with sedans and American pickups it seems the thieves are giving up their computer-hacking days and going after the older cars with no chance of computer chips to track them down.

And that’s … a pretty smart move.

Although the thieves are stealing older versions of the newer cars, that doesn’t mean they don’t get caught because of the newer tech. It is now more common than ever for people to track down their stolen cars because they left their iPhone in their car and it has a “Find my Phone” app.

Although that can work as a freak-accident safety for your car — would you really want to take that risk??

The top 5 most-stolen vehicles are:

5. 2000 Dodge Caravan
4. 1991 Toyota Camry
3. 2006 Ford F-150
2. 1998 Honda Civic

And, drum roll, please! The top stolen vehicle is the…

1. The 1994 Honda Accord!!

If you have any of those cars, either cross your fingers it doesn’t get stolen, or get yourself an alarm system. Preferably one of the Viper systems, just to be on the safe side.

Check out the rest of the top 10 most-stolen vehicles and make sure yours isn’t on this list from Yahoo/Motoramic:

Top 10 list of most-stolen vehicles filled with foreign sedans, American pickups

The 2005 Cadillac Escalade.
Credit: Wikipedia

Why would an Escalade owner would spend all that money for a luxury SUV and not add on a first-rate security system?

All they have to do is call a Viper dealer. Better than letting someone stroll off with your vehicle. See this, uh, alarming (or lack thereof) news report.

Pretty Crazy huh? Who would have thought it would have been that easy to dismantle a vehicle so it could just be pushed away by a pickup truck — and GONE in 14 seconds. Even worse, the fact that these vehicle are so easily stripped of all their luxury features. I guess OnStar won’t be much help when these things go missing.

Depending on which study you read, the Escalade may or may not be the top stolen vehicle. But according to the Highway Loss Data Institute it has “dominated the HLDI’s list for most theft claims” — which is what led GM to add various security enhancements.  Hopefully these new features will stop these SUV’s from being pushed away like shopping carts.

Check out this full story from Insideline.com for more on the 2012 Escalade’s beefed-up security features:

2012 Cadillac Escalade Gets Beefed-Up Security Features To Stymie Thieves

The 2011 Audi S8.
Credit: Wikipedia.

Did you know that every 40 seconds a car is stolen in the U.S., according to FBI statistics? Well if you didn’t, I’m sure you’re glad you have a Viper security system now.

(And if you don’t, shame on you!!!!)

Sadly for many car owners, thieves seem to have a taste for luxury. With the top three cars on the most stolen luxury cars list being: The Chrysler 300 in third — of 31,287 made 143 were stolen in 2009 — and in second place, the BMW M5 — with two stolen out of 264 units created in 2009. Topping the list in the No. 1 spot is the Audi S8: With only 227 produced, 2 were stolen, making the theft rate 8.81 per one thousand units manufactured, according to the most recent FBI data.

I’m sure many of you are considering downsizing to that modest, mid-sized Toyota Camry, but unfortunately that won’t do you any good either. As most Viper fans no doubt know, the Camry takes the cake for the most stolen car in America.

No matter how you slice it, whether you drive the nicest car on the block, or the most reliable, you will want the assurance that no one will dare to come close.

You want to know who else made the “Luxury Car Top 10,” don’t you?

Well, rounding out the list are:

4. Nissan Infiniti M35/M45

5. General Motors Cadillac STS

6. Mercedes-Benz CL-Class

7. Chrysler Sebring Convertible

8. Chrysler Sebring

9. Audi A8

10. Volvo V70

Check out the full list with more detail and some cool photos here at CNBC.com.