Thief-proofing Your Car Quiz

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4 Min Quiz

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About This Quiz

Forewarned is forearmed, and in the case of a car purchase, you should know the statistics. They can help you decide what works for your family and you'll have an idea of what to watch for. Take our quiz to find out how much you know about car theft!

According to the FBI's Uniform Crime Reports for 2006, a motor vehicle was stolen in the U.S. every ...

It may be hard to believe, but in 2006, a car was stolen every 26.4 seconds in the U.S.

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In the same 2006 FBI report, how many of those thefts ended in arrest and retrieval?

Car thieves can be difficult to track down. Only 12.6 percent of vehicle thefts were cleared by arrests in 2006.

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Of the car thefts that occurred in 2006, how many were carjackings?

While car theft occurs fairly frequently, carjacking (where the car is stolen from a person instead of just off the street) is less common. Only around 3 percent of all 2006 motor vehicle thefts came about through carjacking.

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Moving forward, the news isn't all bad. How much did property crime drop between the first six months of 2010 and the same period in 2009?

Property crime was down 2.8 percent nationwide in the period including January to June of 2010 compared to the same months in 2009.

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During the first six months of 2010, how much did motor vehicle theft drop?

Motor vehicle theft dropped 9.7 percent nationwide in the period from January to June of 2010 compared to the same months in 2009.

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While car theft may be dropping, GPS theft is rising. In Montgomery County, Md., how much did GPS theft jump between 2006 and 2007?

GPS theft in that area increased at an astonishing 328 percent, jumping from 189 reported thefts in 2006 to 620 in 2007.

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Nationwide, how many GPS units were stolen in 2010?

According to the FBI, more than 31,000 GPS devices were stolen in 2010. Consider removing your unit from your car when you're not using it.

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What's the most commonly stolen new vehicle, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety?

2007 to 2009 Cadillac Escalades topped the list nationwide. In fact, one in every 100 Escalades gets stolen.

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Vehicular theft has been dropping steadily in the U.S. since 2005, thanks to new innovations in safety and security. If the FBI reported 1,235,859 car thefts in 2005, where do you think that statistic landed by 2009?

By 2009, car thefts had dropped to 794,616, according to the FBI. That's less than half of 1990s national peak of 1,635,900.

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The Grand Theft Auto series of video games is very popular, despite its high maturity rating. How much has the series earned overall since its inception in 1997?

Take-Two, the software company that makes Grand Theft Auto and its sequels, has reported income of over $122 million from the game to date.

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