A slight increase in stolen vehicles were reported in 2017, according to South Pasadena Police Department officials with 59, compared to 57 in 2016.
For the 16th consecutive year, local police say Hondas were the most popular vehicles stolen in South Pasadena, although the overall percentage has decreased over the years.
Hondas accounted for 26% of the vehicles stolen in the city, compared to 47% in 2016.
Chevrolet was the second most popular vehicles stolen accounting for 16% and Ford in third place for 14%. Nissan and Toyotas completed the top five vehicles stolen in the city.
By make and model, officials say the Honda Accord tops the list of vehicles stolen in the city, followed by the Honda Civic and CRV.
The Ford F250 was the next popular vehicle stolen. Pick-up trucks accounted for nearly 25% of vehicles stolen in the city. “This is an increase over a 10-year period, as sedans were always popular,” said Crime Prevention Officer Richard Lee.
Current vehicles have excellent theft prevention features with coded key fobs, however several victims made it easy to steal their vehicle by leaving the keys inside the car.
As in previous years, vehicles parked on the street accounted for over half of where vehicles were stolen from followed by vehicles parked in parking lots, carports and driveways.