There are a few things that can tie you up in knots when it comes to your vehicle. You go to start it and it doesn't make a sound. You're driving and your "check engine" light comes on. There's a sudden "thump-thump-thump" coming from your tires. But none of those are as bad as going to get in your vehicle to find that its gone. Disappeared. Stolen.

Maybe a little broken glass, some skid marks, and no vehicle. Not only do you have to figure out how you're going to get where you were planning to go, but you have to find where your vehicle is. This will involve the police, your insurance, and maybe a suspect. But that's if you're lucky enough that your vehicle is ever found again. Sometimes its just gone forever.

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There's a surge in vehicle thefts across the United States. In 2022, the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) reports there were over one million vehicles stolen in the US. That's the most since 2008. Some states like California and Georgia saw small increases around 1%, but states like Texas had double digit increases. In Texas, car theft was up 10% year-to-year. That's a lot, but nothing compared to the 35% increase that Illinois saw.

Even if Texas didn't see the same kind of increase Illinois did, having a large increase in car thefts still isn't good. While police are able to investigate stolen vehicles after they're taken, the prevention of vehicle thefts mostly falls on the owners. Its up to the owner to make sure the vehicle is locked, a security system is armed, its parked in a garage or well-lit area, and can be monitored. The more of these preventative steps you can take, the better.

Now if you own one of these 10 vehicles in Texas, you're going to want to take even more precautions, because these are the most stolen vehicles in Texas.

The 10 Most Stolen Vehicles In Texas By Make and Model

According to the National Insurance Crime Bureau annual "Hot Wheels" report, these were the most common vehicles stolen in Texas. KDAF-TV broke the data down to the specific year for each one too. Here's what they found.

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Crime is a terrible thing. Luckily, we've got a dedicated group of police officers and investigators that work around to the clock to bring those responsible for breaking the law to justice. Unfortunately, not every case is closed. Authorities in East Texas are hoping that someone might have a key piece of information that could help them crack these 24 cold cases wide open. If you know anything, please reach out to the Tyler Police Department at 903-531-1000, or Tyler Smith County Crime-Stoppers at 903-597-2833.

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