I drive a vehicle that is now 18 years old so it's not surprising my car is not on the list of the most stolen vehicles in Missouri, but there are 3 models that get ripped off from their owners more than any others.

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I saw this interesting report from The Good Men Project (wait, there are good men?) that is based on data from the National Insurance Crime Bureau. I'm a little bit confused by what they've shared about Missouri. More on that in a second. First, here are the 3 models of vehicle they say were stolen more than any other:

  • 2017 Hyundai Elantra
  • 2005 Chevrolet Pickup
  • 2015 Hyundai Sonata

My confusion comes from their mention that the #1 most stolen vehicle from a couple of years ago was a 2004 Ford pickup truck because "electronic vehicle immobilizer" technology wasn't available in vehicles until 2007 which makes any vehicle sold before then most stealable. In their list, there's only one pre-2007 vehicle and that's a 2005 Chevy pickup. Me being confused is not unusual, so perhaps we should just move on.

Here's another question. Why are Hyundai's so easy to steal apparently?

Capital One shared an interesting article about Kia and Hyundai vehicles topping these theft lists saying "thieves can simply break into the vehicle, remove the steering column cover, jam a makeshift key into the ignition cylinder, and start the car." That's again because of the lack of electronic vehicle immobilization.

Let me add my 2 cents about the "wonderful" electronic vehicle immobilization. I bought my car used and it had a 3rd party anti-theft device built in that we were not told about. It started going off when the car battery began to die as the device thought the battery was being disconnected. Words cannot fully express how non-fun that experience was. I'm sure I am the exception and not the rule. These devices are probably great for vehicles that aren't a century old like mine.

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