Thief-proofing Your Car Quiz
by Staff
Forewarned is forearmed, and in the case of a car purchase, you should know the statistics. They can help you decide what works for your family and you'll have an idea of what to watch for. Take our quiz to find out how much you know about car theft!

According to the FBI's Uniform Crime Reports for 2006, a motor vehicle was stolen in the U.S. every ...

  • 26.4 seconds
  • 3.8 minutes
  • 30 minutes

In the same 2006 FBI report, how many of those thefts ended in arrest and retrieval?

  • more than 50 percent
  • 5 percent
  • 12.6 percent

Of the car thefts that occurred in 2006, how many were carjackings?

  • fewer than 4 percent
  • 10 percent
  • 20 percent

Moving forward, the news isn't all bad. How much did property crime drop between the first six months of 2010 and the same period in 2009?

  • 9.7 percent
  • 2.8 percent
  • 0.8 percent

During the first six months of 2010, how much did motor vehicle theft drop?

  • 9.7 percent
  • 2.8 percent
  • 0.8 percent

While car theft may be dropping, GPS theft is rising. In Montgomery County, Md., how much did GPS theft jump between 2006 and 2007?

  • 50 percent
  • 150 percent
  • more than 300 percent

Nationwide, how many GPS units were stolen in 2010?

  • more than 30,000
  • more than 50,000
  • fewer than 20,000

What's the most commonly stolen new vehicle, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety?

  • Toyota Prius
  • Cadillac Escalade
  • Ford F-250

Vehicular theft has been dropping steadily in the U.S. since 2005, thanks to new innovations in safety and security. If the FBI reported 1,235,859 car thefts in 2005, where do you think that statistic landed by 2009?

  • 1 million to 1.2 million
  • 800,000 to 1 million
  • fewer than 800,000

The Grand Theft Auto series of video games is very popular, despite its high maturity rating. How much has the series earned overall since its inception in 1997?

  • more than $1 billion
  • around $100 million
  • more than $120 million