The Honda Accord and Toyota Camry again top theft list

Herald staff

DETROIT — Honda Accords and Toyota Camrys remained at the top of the list of vehicles most favored by thieves last year, with high-end light trucks also popular targets for swiping, the National Insurance Crime Bureau said Tuesday.

Accords and Camrys — tops on the list for the past few years — were followed by the Oldsmobile Cutlass, Chevrolet full-size pickup truck, Honda Civic, Toyota Corolla, Jeep Cherokee/Grand Cherokee sport utility vehicles, Chevrolet Caprice, Ford Taurus and the Chevrolet Cavalier.

"Vehicle thieves follow market trends and target the most popular vehicles because they provide the best market for stolen vehicle parts and illegal export to other countries," said Robert Bryant, president of the crime bureau.

  • Rate hike unlikely: The Federal Reserve will almost certainly remain on the sidelines today in its battle against inflation given the jitters on Wall Street about the unresolved presidential election, analysts said. And some economists did not rule out the possibility that the central bank could be forced down the road to start cutting interest rates if the election uncertainty escalates into bigger problems.

  • Spending, but carefully: Americans, feeling the pinch of higher interest rates and energy bills on their wallets, spent more selectively last month. They plunked down money for building supplies, home furnishings and clothes but shied away from buying new cars. Sales at retail stores nationwide edged up just 0.1 percent in October, following a sizzling 0.9 percent jump the month before, the Commerce Department reported Tuesday.

  • Tuesday prices: Gold sold for $264.95 a troy ounce, silver sold for $4.68 and platinum sold for $589.40.

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