Oklahoma's most stolen vehicle in 2011 was 1994 Chevy pickup

Seven of the top 10 vehicles thieves targeted across Oklahoma were pickups and sport utility vehicles, survey shows.
BY MATT DINGER mdinger@opubco.com Modified: August 20, 2012 at 9:38 pm •  Published: August 20, 2012
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“While overall thefts continue to decline, we are seeing a trend toward increases in the thefts of late-model vehicles — ones that are theoretically harder to steal due to sophisticated key code technology,” Joe Wehrle, bureau president and CEO, said in a news release.

“Today's vehicle thieves are typically professional criminals who have figured out how to get the key code for a specific vehicle, have a replacement key made and steal the vehicle within a number of days,” Wehrle said.

The bureau has a “layered approach” to preventing auto thefts, which includes common sense actions such as locking your vehicle and removing the keys, followed by having a warning device, an immobilizing device and a tracking device.


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