Motor vehicle owners can rest better, knowing that their newly acquired vehicles are built with the capacity to have technology installed, which is designed to actively thwart theft and to recover the vehicle quickly, if it is stolen.
Technology has come a long way. Many consumers who have not purchased a vehicle within the last decade, have probably become aware of some the industry’s technological advancements when they have watched on television, police chasing a joy riding thief and the vehicle has been involuntarily slowed down and remotely disabled.
Here are two (2) lists that represent 2008’s most stolen and least stolen, motor vehicles:
The Top Ten Stolen Vehicles are:
1. 2000 Honda Civic SiR 2-door
2. 1999 Honda Civic SiR 2-door
3. 2004 Subaru Impreza WRX/WRX STi 4-door AWD
4. 1995 Dodge/Plymouth Grand Caravan/Voyager
5. 1995 Dodge/Plymouth Caravan/Voyager
6. 2002 Acura RSX Type S 2-door
7. 2001 Audi TT Quattro Roadster
8. 1995 Acura Integra 2-door
9. 1996 Dodge/Plymouth Neon 2-door
10. 1996 Dodge/Plymouth Neon 4-door
The Least Stolen Vehicles are:
1. (tie 1st) 2003 Cadillac Deville 4-door
2. (tie 1st) 2002 Lincoln Continental 4-door
3. (tie 1st) 2001 Lincoln Town Car 4-door
4. 2007 Chevrolet Impala 4-door
5. (tie 3rd) 2001 Toyota Avalon 4-door
6. (tie 3rd) 1999 Toyota Tacoma 2WD
7. (tie 4th) 2005 Buick Terraza EXT
8. (tie 4th) 2003 Buick Regal 4-door
9. (tie 4th) 2002 Toyota Highlander 4-door 2WD
10. (tie 4th) 2000 Ford/Mercury Taurus/Sable Wagon
Those car thieves that actively work in the underground market, make it a point of keeping abreast of the latest technological theft deterrant devices, invented to make vehicle theft more difficult and a less desirable means of generating income. Car thieves are cognizant of the most recent innovations and this is why most of the motor vehicles stolen are older vehicles, which are less likely to contain theft deterrant devices.
In September 2007, Canada’s Motor Vehicle Safety Standards began to require that all new light-duty, non-emergency vehicles (cars, vans, light trucks and SUVs) be equipped with an electronic immobilization system that meets either the National Standard of Canada ULC-S338/98 or the European Standard UNECE/97.
Boomerang Tracking (a Canadian innovation) has become a technological leader in tracking stolen assets. Motor vehicles are equipped with Boomerang`s little black box transmitter. Unlike GPS and GPS-cellular combined systems, Boomerang is capable of successfully tracking stolen vehicles located in underground parking lots and shipping containers, by relying on cellphone towers to triangulate the location of the stolen vehicle. Since 1999, Boomerang Tracking has recovered thousands of vehicles, representing hundreds of millions of dollars. The basic system costs $549.00 and a $200.00 annual monitoring fee.
General Motors OnStar provides a number of services to motor vehicle operators and owners. OnStar utilizes GPS satellite & cellular technology to connect the vehicle and driver to its`services. One of the services offered is Stolen Vehicle Slowdown.
The Stolen Vehicle Slowdown uses the invehicle GPS locator to allow OnStar, in conjunction with the police, to safely slow down the vehicle to a safe speed by remote control. Another service offered by OnStar is Remote Ignition Block, which disables the stolen motor vehicle`s ignition from working, once the engine has been turned off (vehicle is being refuelled or has been parked). These services can be purchased, through a package (with other services included), at an annual fee of $289.00.
Source: Wheels: New Technology