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What Is The Most Stolen Car in Alameda County?

Police urge motorists to take these precautions to keep their cars safe from thieves.

According to the Alameda County Regional Auto Theft Task Force below are the “Top 10” stolen vehicles taken in Alameda County during October of 2012.

Almost 500 vehicles were reported stolen in the county.

If you drive one of the following models, police are warning drivers to take precautions to ensure that when they return to their vehicle, it’s still there.

RANK MAKE/MODEL YEAR RANGE TOTAL STOLEN 1 Honda Civic 1992-2000 167 2 Honda Accord 1990-1997 161 3 Nissan Maxima 1995-1998 44 4 Acura Integra 1991-1998 33 5 Ford Pickup 1997-2012 25 6 Toyota Camry 1988-1991 22 7 Honda CRV 1997-2001 17 8  Nissan Altima 1995-1997 12 9 Infinity i30 1996-1997 9 10 Nissan Sentra 1993-1994 9

Below are some tips police have offered drivers to avoid being the victim of a car thief: 

  1. Never leave your car running unattended, even to dash into a business, store, etc.
  2. Never leave any keys in the car or ignition, inside a locked garage, or in hide-a-key boxes.
  3. Always roll up your windows and lock the car, even if it is parked in front of your home.
  4. Never leave valuables in plain view, even if your car is locked. Put them in the trunk out of sight.
  5. Always park in high-traffic, well-lighted areas, when possible.
  6. Install a mechanical device that locks the steering wheel, column, or brakes. These devices will deter some criminals.
  7. Investigate the purchase of a vehicle theft tracking/security system, especially if you own one of the frequently stolen model vehicles.
  8. Never leave personal identification documents, vehicle ownership title, or credit cards in your vehicle.
  9. If you must leave your key with a valet, attendant, or mechanic leave only the ignition key. Make sure you are dealing with a reputable firm.
  10. In high theft areas the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) should be etched on windows, doors, fenders and trunk lid. This makes it difficult for a thief to market your stolen car parts. 
  11. Copy your license plate and vehicle information (VIN) numbers on a card and keep them with you. If your vehicle is stolen, the police will need this information to take a report.
  12. Many vehicles today come with some type of security system from the factory. Normally there are upgraded systems available if you ask. The best choices are systems that shut off the fuel supply so that a car can't be started or driven.


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Liz Taylor December 01, 2012 at 03:45 PM
Our Ford truck was stolen but recovered in Oakland when a citizen called to complain that the truck was blocking his driveway.
GLF December 01, 2012 at 05:02 PM
Thieves tried to steal my Acura (with an alarm )THREE times in front of my house on a well lit Alameda street. They tried to make off with the whole car and really messed up the steering wheel and windows in the process! When they didn't succeed in starting the car they stole the wheel and tires! The third time I had locking lug nuts on the wheels and they still got them! They did succeed in stealing my neighbors car. It can happen anywhere! I live in the nicest area of old alameda. Don't feel to safe and think it won't happen to you! It's devastating when it does!
Jennifer McGaffey December 01, 2012 at 08:31 PM
Alarms are useless - if I hear an alarm go off and see someone next to the car, my first thought is "oh good, they're there, hope they can figure out how to make it shut up soon". Short of seeing them prying at a window or something, I wouldn't think of anything but the annoyance of the noise.
Michael Moore December 02, 2012 at 12:37 AM
I added up the top ten and came up with 499 stolen cars in Alameda County in October 2012. Given the accuracy of Patch, "Almost 500 vehicles were reported stolen in the county." then the article should be retitled to be "If you own one of these you might want to sell it." I am eager to know what was the other car stolen. Anyone driving something else should consider that the cost of the broken window is likely just about your deductible. It is unlikley someone will steal your car, unless you own one of the noted types and if you are boneheaded enough to leave your keys in it and the motor running.
Avrage Guy December 06, 2012 at 07:06 PM
I'd like to know WHO is stealing them, and what are they doing with them. Are parts being sold to dealers or mechanics, and if, so who are they? We seem to have a handle on the numbers, but not on the process. How many mechanics in Alameda County are repairing cars with stolen items, from stolen cars? That would be an article of interest.


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