Thousands of cars are stolen in the state of Texas each year. And what are the odds that the three top stolen vehicles are all pickup trucks. The list has been released of the 2015 Top Ten Most Stolen Cars in Texas. And, honestly, the list hasn’t changed much in the last 4 years. But the Taurus is no longer on the list. That had to have been a mistake anyway. I rented one of those once and couldn’t get it out of 2nd gear. Why would someone steal one of those? Maybe someone left the keys in it. They do that in my home town in the Midwest. No one locks their cars. And they leave the keys in the ignition so they always know exactly where their keys are at. Wouldn’t you think that auto theft would be worse in a small town than it is in a large city? And, if so, that would explain why.

Almost half of all vehicles stolen had the keys left inside. Leaving keys in your car is not only stupid, but it is also illegal. If your car is stolen with the keys in it, your insurance company may not cover your loss. And you should never leave your car running, unattended. Cars are often stolen at convenience stores, gas stations or when an owner leaves the vehicle running to warm it up.

Texas has created a “You Hold The Key” program that you can access by going to http://www.txdmv.gov/protection/auto_theft.htm where you can find more information about what you can do to lessen your chances of being an auto theft victim. But, again, the main message they focus on is to never leave your keys in your car. Not even a spare set of keys.

And, sorry to leave you hanging. If you’re curious what other cars make up the top ten most stolen vehicles?
1) Ford Pickup
2) Chevrolet Pickup
3) Dodge Pickup
4) Honda Civic
5) Chevrolet Tahoe
6) Honda Accord
7) GMC Pickup (aha! A fourth pickup)
8) Chevrolet Impala
9) Toyota Camry
10) Ford Van

Until next week….

Daun Thompson
Writer / Comedienne / Artist

2015 Top Ten Most Stolen Cars – Comedy Defensive Driving