Courts & Crime

Car thieves' top target? It isn't anything fancy

The practical Honda Accord was the most stolen vehicle nationwide last year, according to an insurance industry report issued Tuesday.

Hondas remain popular among thieves because their parts are interchangeable among many of the car maker’s models, said Frank Scafidi, a spokesman for the National Insurance Crime Bureau, which released the report.

But auto thefts dropped 23 percent in the state compared to 2008 and fell 17 percent nationally, according to FBI data. These were the largest declines in decades, the insurance industry-backed group said.

Improved theft-deterrent technology in vehicles, stepped up law enforcement and better practices by drivers are driving down theft rates, "Cars are tougher to steal than they were five or 10 years ago," Scafidi said.

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