Some 3,140 autos were stolen in the Louisville area in the first 11 months of last year; 84 percent of them were built before 2000, says the Louisville Courier-Journal. according to police statistics. One third were models from 1988 to 1993. The most popular models stolen were the the Chevrolet Caprice and Oldsmobile Cutlass.
Domestic vehicles constantly top the most-stolen lists because their steering columns have not changed much over the years and are easy for most thieves to “pop” and start with something like a screwdriver, police Detective Bill Keeling said. Foreign cars are “harder to steal,” he added. “The steering column is made different – it’s not as easy to pop.” Many stolen cars are not recovered. Metro Police have cleared about 15 percent of the auto-theft cases in the city over the last two years.