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Houston Police Reveal Top 5 Most Stolen Vehicles So Far This Year

Houston Police Reveal Top 5 Most Stolen Vehicles So Far This Year

New figures from the Houston Police Department reveal the vehicle most frequently fished by thieves in the city this year.

According to data from HPD, Houston will have an average of between 1,100 and 1,500 stolen vehicles per month by 2022. However, Chevy and GMC trucks are the most targeted by thieves.

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“Since the first time they took it, we thought we were lucky to get it back,” said Jackelin Garcia. “We were happy with it. Then it happened again. It’s just frustrating.”

Garcia says her husband’s 2003 Chevy Silverado has been stolen twice from outside their Spring Branch apartment in the past four months. Surveillance footage shows at least two suspects involved in the incidents.

“It was fast,” Garcia said. “Two more minutes and they took it. There are just a lot of people stealing cars these days, I think.”

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Stolen Chevy trucks don’t seem that uncommon according to recent data. This year, Chevy trucks have been the most targeted by thieves so far, and it doesn’t even come close.

TOP 5 STOLEN CARS IN HOUSTON (until JULY 2022)

Chevy Silverado: 1.490
GMC Sierra 1500: 659
Ford F-150: 371
Ford F-250: 333
Dodge Ram: 322

“This is the type that they steal,” said HPD Sgt. Tracy Hicks from their auto theft department. “Maybe the top of the line, but it doesn’t have all the extras because it blends in. It doesn’t stand out in traffic.”

General Motors makes both Chevy and GMC trucks. So the trend is even more noticeable when combining the number of stolen Chevy and GMC trucks.

“If we add up all our other stolen cars, even up to the top 20 and add them up, they don’t add up to the number of Chevy/GMC vehicles stolen,” said Sgt. hicks. “Scammers have figured out how to steal these with little or no tools.”

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Chevy/GMC trucks: 2,149
Ford trucks: 704
Dodge trucks: 322

Sergeant Hicks says burglars use a tool to trick computers in these trucks into thinking they have the electric key. Within minutes, Hicks says thieves can steal certain Chevy and GMC truck models.

“If it takes them longer than two minutes, they’re just not a professional,” Hicks says.

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Police would like people concerned about theft of their vehicle to invest in a new alarm system. If you are buying a used car, also try the hand key in all doors to make sure it works. If only the electric key manages to unlock the doors, police say the vehicle was likely stolen.

“Drop that $400 for upgraded alarms, kill switches, and tracking devices,” Hicks said.