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You may be very selective whenever you buy a new car. Well, car thieves can be just as picky. They prefer some makes, models and even model years far more than others.
If you've got one of these, you may not want to leave it out of your sight.
We count down the 10 cars and trucks that are stolen most often in the U.S., according to the National Insurance Crime Bureau.
10. 2008 Chevrolet Impala
Close to 9,500 Impalas were stolen in 2017, including almost 1,000 from the 2008 model year.
The National Insurance Crime Bureau, or NICB, urges car owners to give their vehicles four layers of protection.
The first is embarrassingly easy: Use common sense. Too often, people leave their keys or fobs in their cars, and don't lock their doors either. It's almost like you're begging thieves to steal your car.
9. 2017 GMC full-size pickup
Car thieves made off with nearly 10,900 big GMC pickup trucks last year, and their favorites were the 2017s. More than 950 of those late-model pickups were pinched.
The second layer of protection recommended by the NICB is to use a warning device, like a car alarm.
A visible or audible warning system can scare the bejeezus out of a thief and make sure your vehicle stays put.