It used to be that just our catalytic converters had to be protected. Now it appears whole vehicles are more in danger than ever before. Vehicle thefts are surging in Las Vegas. During the month of November alone, the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department received 825 reports of stolen cars and trucks, as reported by 8 News Now. And in October, there were even more. 934 reports came in that month. That’s an increase this year of 20% over last year.

And where you are in the Las Vegas valley seems to matter when it comes to chances of your vehicle getting stolen. The southeast area had the largest number of stolen vehicles reported. 132 were reported in October and 157 in November.

The area where the Convention Center is was also a highly targeted spot for car thieves. That location saw the biggest increase in thefts from last year to this year. With a 55% jump. That includes the area of the Las Vegas corridor (8newsnow.com). And it can happen in the blink of an eye. One victim reported that her car was stolen in the ten minutes it took her to go up the elevator and come back down.

There seems to be a trend when it comes to the make and model that is most commonly stolen as well. Most commonly stolen last year in Las Vegas was the 2004 Chevy pickup truck. The 2006 Ford pickup truck came in second in most stolen. Coming in third is no surprise, as it is often a coveted car for thieves. That’s the Honda Civic. 2000 Civics, specifically for this year in Las Vegas.

The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department urges residents to be vigilant about locking their cars, even when parked in front of your house or apartment building. Also, park in a lit area whenever possible. Wendy Rush

Deep Sentinel broke down the list of top ten most stolen vehicles this year, and why they might be targets for thieves.

  • #1. Chevrolet Pickup

    ELK GROVE VILLAGE, IL - APRIL 6: A 2005 Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck is parked in a new car lot April 6, 2005 in Elk Grove Village, Illinois. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has given the 2005 Chevrolet Silverado a low rating in crash tests. (Photo by Tim Boyle/Getty Images)
    One of the top ten most commonly owned vehicles and the most expensive of the vehicles on that list. That gives it two times the appeal for thieves.

  • #2: Ford Pickup

    CHICAGO, IL - SEPTEMBER 06: Ford F-150 pickup trucks are offered for sale at a dealership on September 6, 2018 in Chicago, Illinois. Ford has announced a recall of about 2 million of the trucks because of a seatbelt problem that could result in a fire. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
    As the second most popular car in the country, that makes a lot of this truck available to steal.

  • #3: Honda Civic

    MORTON GROVE, IL - MARCH 2: A 2001 Honda Civic is seen for sale at Castle Honda March 2, 2004 in Morton Grove, Illinois. Honda is recalling approximately 440,000 Civic and Insight vehicles because of possible headlight failures. (Photo by Tim Boyle/Getty Images)
    One of the most commonly owned cars, this one also has a lot of them to steal. Plus, since they’ve been around so long, there are lots of older models with fewer security features.

  • #4: Honda Accord

    DETROIT, MI - JANUARY 10: A Honda Accord Hybrid is displayed January 10, 2005 at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Bryan Mitchell/Getty Images)
    Currently the most popular car in the country. So they’re easy to resell. Plus these babies have interchangeable parts, which also makes them easy for thieves to sell.

  • #5: Toyota Camry

    UNDATED: (EDITORIAL USE ONLY) This handout photo from Toyota shows the company's 2002 Toyota Camry XLE. Toyota announced on July 26, 2004 that is is recalling 128,000 Camrys made between 2002 and 2004 due to a potential problem with their side curtain air bags. (Photo by Toyota via Getty Images)
    Another model that has been around for awhile. Which, again, makes many more old models with little to no security features.

  • #6: GMC Pickup

    MILFORD, MI - AUGUST 2:  The new General Motors 2007 GMC Sierra full-size pickup truck (pictured) is introduced to the news media along with the 2007 Cheverolet Silverado at the GM Milford Proving Grounds August 2, 2006 in Milford, Michigan. The redesigned pickups will be offered in a variety of cab styles and cargo box lengths and give customers the choice of eight different engines and two distinct interiors.  (Photo by Bill Pugliano/Getty Images)
    The GMC is under the umbrella of General Motors, just like the Chevy. Many parts are interchangeable. And we already know why thieves like that.

  • #7: Nissan Altima

    NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 28: Denis Le Vot, the new chairman of Nissan North America, stands beside the 2019 Nissan Altima sedan at the New York International Auto Show at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center on March 28, 2018 in New York City. Thousands of car enthusiasts, dealers, journalists and others will attend the annual event which is one of the largest auto shows in America. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
    This is one of the few cars that are actually being stolen as their newer models. Thieves are basically stealing the coding from owner’s key fobs and opening the doors without keys.

  • #8: Honda CR-V

    LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 21: The Green Car Award winning Honda CR-V is shown at AutoMobility LA on November 21, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. The four-day press and trade event precedes the Los Angeles Auto Show, which runs November 22 through December 1. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)
    There’s a huge market for reselling car parts, and the CR-V is high on the list for those parts. This model is stolen quite frequently.

  • #9: Jeep Cherokee/Grand Cherokee

    DETROIT, MI-JANUARY 16: The new 2019 Jeep Cherokee makes its debut at the 2018 North American International Auto Show January 16, 2018 in Detroit, Michigan. More than 5,100 journalists from 61 countries attend the NAIAS each year. The show opens to the public January 20th and ends January 28th. (Bill Pugliano/Getty Images)
    This is the first year the Jeep has been on the list of most stolen cars. Police are reporting it might be because they resell for quite a bit of money down in Mexico.

  • #10: Toyota Corolla

    GENEVA, SWITZERLAND - MARCH 05: Toyota Corolla Sedan Hybrid is displayed during the first press day at the 89th Geneva International Motor Show on March 5, 2019 in Geneva, Switzerland. (Photo by Robert Hradil/Getty Images)
    One out of every 50 cars on the road is a Corolla. And they’re also one of the most stolen. Specifically the 2020 model. Thieves like the keyless feature and built-in touchscreen.

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