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Chevy truck was Ohio's most stolen car in the last year
Theft expert says older cars are easier to steal
Story by STEVE BROWN


 
The 1994 model of Chevrolet's full-size truck was the most stolen car in Ohio this year.
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Ohio car thieves are most fond of a truck. For Ohio Public Radio, WOSU’s Steve Brown reports on the most stolen vehicles in Ohio last year.

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The 1994 Chevy full-size pick-up truck topped the list of most stolen vehicles in Ohio for 2013. That is according a new report from the National Insurance Crime Bureau. The group’s Frank Scafidi says there are two basic reasons.

“Popularity, in terms of the numbers of them available, and age," Scafidi says. "Clearly the older vehicles, certainly the pre-1998 model year vehicles, are most susceptible to many more kinds of theft techniques.”

Scafidi says overall auto thefts are down, and he expects them to decrease more as anti-theft technology improves. Behind the Chevy truck was the Dodge Caravan, which used to top the Ohio list. Nationally the Honda Accord was the most stolen vehicle last year. 

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