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Is your car a target for thieves?

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The National Insurance Crime Bureau has released the top 10 most-stolen vehicles. The good news is, preliminary FBI data shows auto thefts declined 3.3 percent in 2011 to the lowest level since 1967.

However, there's still thieves out there looking to take your car to the chop shop.

(Click here to read more about the most stolen vehicles in America)

The 1994 Honda Accord tops the list for the fourth year in a row for the nation. In Quincy, law enforcement says the most popular stolen car is a Toyota Corolla.

Sara Stafford owns a Toyota Corolla and says she's had her car broken into before and her valuables stolen. After hearing her car was the most-stolen car in Quincy, she says she's now taking notice.

"I'll just make sure that I don't leave anything valuable in my car and just if I do probably hide it in my trunk somewhere where it's not visible," said Stafford.

Quincy Police say that's a good idea because leaving things in plain sight is one of the main reasons thieves target a car.

"These guys they're looking in cars to start with for things to steal. They get in the car and at that point they find the keys," explains Sergeant Duane Long.

Sergeant Long says last year on average a vehicle was stolen in Quincy once every two weeks. Some of those stole were pick-up trucks.

"Most guys that use trucks haul stuff in them or leave items in them, tools or hunting equipment that kind of thing," said Sergeant Long.

Long says the days of hot-wiring a car are behind us.

"Vehicles are difficult to do that for now, to actually break into the steering column you really have to know what your doing."

However, the new wave of car thieves take the easy route, looking for unlocked cars with keys inside.

"It's a target of opportunity," said Long. "They get in the car for whatever reason, looking for something to steal, find the keys and then steal the whole car."

Sergeant Long says to try and park under well lit areas. Thieves obviously don't want to be caught so they're more likely to target cars in dark, quiet areas.

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