Want proof that driving a junker can have its advantages? You'll find it in the following Denver Police Departmentlist
of the most stolen cars in the city. Not all of the rides that made the cut are super-pricey and luxurious, but they're all solid and dependable, with two brands accounting for more than half the roster. And as a bonus, one of these vehicles only has two wheels.
Look below to see the top ten, complete with photos and the number stolen this year.
Number 10: Jeep Wrangler
Number stolen: 51
Jeep Wranglers are common sights in the Denver area, but prevalence alone probably doesn't explain why it landed in the top ten. As you'll see, the Jeep brand strikes a sweet spot for plenty of local thieves....
Number 9: Ford F-150
Number stolen: 61
Another Colorado favorite, the Ford F-150 is known for being steady and reliable -- and because there are so many of them on the roads, you can bet there's a big demand for parts.
Number 8: Acura Integra
Number stolen: 63
In some markets, Integras are sold under the Honda nameplate -- and Hondas have long placed prominently on stolen-car lists. Hint: This won't be the last time you'll see a vehicle emblazoned with a Honda insignia here.
Continue to keep counting down the ten most stolen cars in Denver. Number 7: Subaru Impreza
Number stolen: 65
We expected to see a Subaru on this roster, but not this one. Given all the Subaru Outbacks on area highways, we figured that sheer volume would make it a top target. Apparently, Imprezas are more impressive to the criminal class.
Number 6: Honda motorcycle
Number stolen: 73
As reporters, we pride ourselves on our keen powers of observation -- so we instantly noticed that this is not a car. But the DPD thinks car thieves are targeting these rides, too, and who are we to argue?
Number 5: Toyota Camry
Number stolen: 84
I once owned a Camry, and I'll bet plenty of you did as well. This model has long been among the most purchased vehicles by occupants of this planet, car thieves included.
Continue to keep counting down the ten most stolen cars in Denver. Number 4: Jeep Grand Cherokee
Number stolen: 102
A prestige SUV, to be sure, but one whose drivers don't usually get branded with pretentiousness thanks largely to its Jeep ancestry. Still, it's undeniably sought after, including by people who would rather take than buy.
Number 3: Jeep Cherokee
Number stolen: 112
Not as grand as the Grand Cherokee, but even more appealing to crooks.
Number 2: Honda Civic
Number stolen: 312
The digit above is not a typo. Nearly three times as many Honda Civics were grabbed in Denver this past year as the third-place Jeep Cherokee. And yet it still trails one of its automotive brethren.
Number 1: Honda Accord
Number stolen: 320
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Clearly, the Accord has won the car thieves' stamp of approval. Which isn't necessarily a good thing.
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More from our Colorado Crimes archive circa December 2009: "Did four juvies set a record for most cars stolen in a day?"