LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - If you're a pickup truck fan, keep your eyes open because it turns out trucks are also popular with thieves. A new Texas Auto Burglary and Theft Prevention Authority survey reveals Ford, Chevrolet, and Dodge pickup trucks were the most stolen vehicles last year.
In 2012, 50 percent of the vehicles stolen in the state of Texas still had the keys in the ignition.
"That's an amazing statistic when we have six to seven vehicles stolen every month in the state of Texas that we can reduce that by half if people would just remove the keys from the vehicle," said Gary King, a detective assigned to the East Texas Auto Task Force.
Vehicles most popular with thieves, are actually the most popular with consumers.
"It's the pickups. Those are what is popular. It's what everybody drives," said Terry Morgan, the president of Morgan Insurance in Lufkin.
The Ford Pickup, Chevrolet Pickup, Dodge Pickup, Honda Civic and Chevrolet Tahoe made the top five. The Honda Accord, GMC Pickup, Chevrolet Impala, Toyota Camry, and Ford Taurus rounded out the bottom six of the most stolen cars.
"Everybody thinks that the Corvettes and the high-dollar cars are the ones that are stolen most of the time, but that's not necessarily the case because of alarm systems on them and people who do that are more likely to be spotted in them than just your average vehicle," Morgan said.
Morgan says he isn't surprised by the list, but urges customers to not worry because having a vehicle stolen will not boost insurance claims.
"Pickups are the ones to be stolen and they're probably the best themselves to rate. Vehicles are assigned a symbol by the state and that's what we use for rating purposes. We take in account the cost of the vehicle, the age, the type of vehicle, the costs of repairs," Morgan said. "The damage they do to another person in a stolen vehicle; the insurance company would not pay a claim for that."
Morgan says always remember to take your keys out of the ignition, lock your car, and remove your valuables.