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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.

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