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Pickups Top The List Of Most Stolen Texas Vehicles-Again


Pickups are the most popular vehicles in Texas AND, again, are the most stolen, according to 2012 data from the Department of Public Safety.

Ford, Chevrolet and Dodge pickups, in that order, lead the top-10 list of vehicles targeted by Texas thieves. The truck-like Chevy Tahoe is 5thand a  GMC pickup is 7th. Rounding out the top-10 list of stolen vehicles: the Honda Civic, Accord, Chevy Impala, Toyota Camry and Ford Taurus.  Here's the complete list.

1)  Ford Pickup

2)  Chevrolet Pickup

3)  Dodge Pickup

4)  Honda Civic

5)  Chevrolet Tahoe

6)  Honda Accord

7)  GMC Pickup

8)  Chevrolet Impala

9)  Toyota Camry

10) Ford Taurus

Officials say many of these vehicles - often a few years old - are stolen for parts. Some are sold to unsuspecting buyers, while others are taken and used in other crimes, for insurance fraud, or just for joyrides.

And state officials says no other crime cost Texans more than vehicle theft in 2011 – more than $621 million.

Bill Zeeble has been a full-time reporter at KERA since 1992, covering everything from medicine to the Mavericks and education to environmental issues.