Auto Theft Concern in Missouri

1 decade 1 year 10 months ago Wednesday, June 13 2007 Jun 13, 2007 Wednesday, June 13, 2007 2:45:14 PM CDT June 13, 2007 in News
Source: Missouri State Highway Patrol

According to statistics released by the Missouri Highway Patrol, there were 25,706 vehicles reported stolen in the state during 2006, representing a slight decrease from last year.

"The crime of auto theft continues to be a big business and Missouri motorists are paying for it," Brent Butler, government affairs director of the Missouri Insurance Information Service, said. "Reports from Kansas City and St. Louis reveal that these two cities remain primary targets for Missouri's auto theft problem. St. Louis City Police Department reported 8,645  auto thefts, while the Kansas City Police Department reported 5,510, collectively accounting for over 55% of all vehicles stolen statewide."

"Estimating the value of stolen vehicles at a national average of $6,173 per loss, auto theft cost Missouri more than $158 million last year," Butler said.

The National Insurance Crime Bureau, NICB, is operating a toll-free hot line to handle reports of auto theft and fraud. Rewards of up to $1,000 are offered for tips leading to convictions. The hot line number is 800-TEL-NICB, or 800-835-6422.

In addition, Butler suggested some safety tips provided by the insurance industry to help reduce the chance of your car being stolen:

-Lock your car, close all windows and pocket the key.
-Park with front wheels turned sharply to the right or left, making it difficult for the professional thief to tow your car away.
-When parking a front wheel drive model, pull on the emergency brake and place the vehicle in "park". If you have a stick shift, pull on the emergency brake and shift into forward or reverse gear. All four wheels will be locked making it difficult for a thief to tow your car.
-Put packages or valuables out of sight.
-Activate any theft deterrent devise you may have.
-Park in a well-lighted area.
-If you park in a commercial lot or garage, leave only the ignition key with the attendant. Retain all others.
-If you have a garage, use it. Lock both the vehicle and the garage.

MISSOURI AUTO THEFT STATISTICS
MOST STOLEN IN 2006

Passenger Cars

1.                  Ford Taurus

2.                  Oldsmobile Cutlass

3.                  Chevrolet Cavalier

4.                  Pontiac Grand Am

5.                  Ford Escort

6.                  Pontiac Grand Prix

7.                  Chevrolet Lumina

8.                  Dodge Intrepid

9.                  Chevrolet Caprice

10.              Cadillac DeVille

More News

Grid
List
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A former St. Joseph Boy Scout leader has been sentenced to six years in prison... More >>
36 minutes ago Friday, April 19 2019 Apr 19, 2019 Friday, April 19, 2019 6:39:00 AM CDT April 19, 2019 in News
LEARNED, Miss. (AP) — Strong storms again roared across the South on Thursday, killing two Mississippi drivers and a woman... More >>
2 hours ago Friday, April 19 2019 Apr 19, 2019 Friday, April 19, 2019 4:30:50 AM CDT April 19, 2019 in News
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Missouri social services director is resigning to take a job with a faith-based nonprofit.... More >>
10 hours ago Thursday, April 18 2019 Apr 18, 2019 Thursday, April 18, 2019 8:33:00 PM CDT April 18, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - Parents and fans cheered from the bleachers as they watched students of all different abilities show off their... More >>
11 hours ago Thursday, April 18 2019 Apr 18, 2019 Thursday, April 18, 2019 7:34:00 PM CDT April 18, 2019 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - People packed the hearing room for a Senate hearing Thursday on a bill that would expand where... More >>
12 hours ago Thursday, April 18 2019 Apr 18, 2019 Thursday, April 18, 2019 6:17:00 PM CDT April 18, 2019 in News
OSAGE BEACH - The Osage Beach Board of Alderman denied the passage of a new bill Thursday night that would... More >>
13 hours ago Thursday, April 18 2019 Apr 18, 2019 Thursday, April 18, 2019 6:11:00 PM CDT April 18, 2019 in News
TANGLEWOOD - The Callaway County Ambulance District had plans to move into a new building by the end of... More >>
14 hours ago Thursday, April 18 2019 Apr 18, 2019 Thursday, April 18, 2019 5:11:00 PM CDT April 18, 2019 in News
COOPER COUNTY - It's been four months since someone shot and killed Sioux Falls mother Melissa Peskey while she was... More >>
14 hours ago Thursday, April 18 2019 Apr 18, 2019 Thursday, April 18, 2019 5:06:00 PM CDT April 18, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - The Public Transit Advisory Commission met Thursday night to discuss Columbia's bus route changes. According to Columbia's... More >>
15 hours ago Thursday, April 18 2019 Apr 18, 2019 Thursday, April 18, 2019 3:50:00 PM CDT April 18, 2019 in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — A bill to change how Missouri colleges and universities handle complaints of sexual assault and harassment... More >>
17 hours ago Thursday, April 18 2019 Apr 18, 2019 Thursday, April 18, 2019 2:01:00 PM CDT April 18, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - Nearly two years after Robert Mueller took on the role of special counsel to look into Russian election... More >>
20 hours ago Thursday, April 18 2019 Apr 18, 2019 Thursday, April 18, 2019 10:18:00 AM CDT April 18, 2019 in News
CALLAWAY COUNTY - Several agencies responded to a fire near Millersburg Thursday. Officials say they received a call around... More >>
1 day ago Thursday, April 18 2019 Apr 18, 2019 Thursday, April 18, 2019 6:56:00 AM CDT April 18, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - On April 18, 1969, Boone County National Bank filled a model rocket with things from the time period... More >>
1 day ago Thursday, April 18 2019 Apr 18, 2019 Thursday, April 18, 2019 3:09:00 AM CDT April 18, 2019 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - The Jefferson City Parks and Recreation Department is considering removing a fee for dog park users. ... More >>
1 day ago Wednesday, April 17 2019 Apr 17, 2019 Wednesday, April 17, 2019 8:05:00 PM CDT April 17, 2019 in News
FULTON - Wednesday marked two years since Carl DeBrodie was reported missing from an assisted living facility in Fulton, and... More >>
1 day ago Wednesday, April 17 2019 Apr 17, 2019 Wednesday, April 17, 2019 8:04:00 PM CDT April 17, 2019 in News
JEFFERSON CITY – A new bill up for hearing Wednesday night is fighting against the discrimination of what some consider... More >>
1 day ago Wednesday, April 17 2019 Apr 17, 2019 Wednesday, April 17, 2019 7:05:00 PM CDT April 17, 2019 in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — An attempt to abolish jail time for possessing small amounts of marijuana has failed in... More >>
1 day ago Wednesday, April 17 2019 Apr 17, 2019 Wednesday, April 17, 2019 5:52:49 PM CDT April 17, 2019 in Continuous News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — Some Republican Missouri lawmakers are calling for the resignation of University of Missouri-Kansas City Chancellor C.... More >>
1 day ago Wednesday, April 17 2019 Apr 17, 2019 Wednesday, April 17, 2019 5:26:00 PM CDT April 17, 2019 in Continuous News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 44°
8am 47°
9am 49°
10am 52°
11am 54°