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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.

Siri on the iPhone 4S.Credit: Wikipedia.

Siri on the iPhone 4S.
Credit: Wikipedia.

This is pretty cool news for Apple and Honda fans.

The latter’s 2013 vehicles will provide support for Siri Eyes Free.

Engadget reports that it will be a dealer-installed feature for the Accord, and the Acura RDX and ILX.

According to the carmaker this will enhance hands-free functionality while reducing driver distraction. Let’s hope Siri’s listening ability continues to improve.

It’s one thing for Siri to misunderstand you when you’re sitting at your desk or couch and quite another when you’re behind the wheel of a moving car.

Now if you wanted to start your car with Siri, that’s another matter. (For that, you’d probably want to look up this Viper SmartStart thing …)

Read more about Siri Eyes Free from Engadget 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 ….)

2012-07-24 16.00.56Viper SmartStart to the rescue!

We swear we had no part in influencing the instituting of this ordinance.

The police in Madison say it’s a violation to leave unattended cars running — and the purpose of the ordinance is to prevent car thefts!

Maybe not all the folks there know about remote start systems, but clearly they should go to the appropriate store and get one for their vehicles, given that the cold weather will likely persist for at least another month.

That way you can warm your car, the cabin and avoid the hefty fine if you start your ride with the key in the ignition while you wait indoors.

Read more about the Wisconsin ordinance from Madison.com here.