KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Kansas City Missouri Police say that they have seen an increase in the number of car thefts in recent months, and some of the cars on the top-10 most stolen list - and the reason why they are there - may surprise you.
The KCPD Central Patrol Division, which includes the Plaza, Westport, the Power and Light District and the River Market, reports that they saw an 5.8 percent increase in car thefts in 2011, and that trend has continued into 2012.
"We're just asking the community to be aware that we have experienced this increase and we're asking for their assistance in helping us reduce those numbers," said KCPD Master Patrol Officer James Schriever.
But if you think that high-end luxury cars are the most commonly stolen vehicles, think again. The top 10 most stolen cars in Kansas City, Missouri are:
1. Honda Accord
2. Ford F-150
3. Dodge Intrepid
4. Ford Taurus
5. Jeep Cherokee
6. Chevy Silverado
7. Dodge Caravan
8. Ford Explorer
9. Oldsmobile Cutlass
10. Dodge Ram
Officer Schriever says that several factors are contributing to the spike in auto thefts, including one that might surprise you - the Japanese Tsunami.
"The Tsunami definitly had an impact on shipping of some of the foreign car parts and that's when we started to see an increase in some of those vehicle," said Officer Schriever.
Police say that the basics will help prevent auto theft - lock your doors, don't leave your car running unattended and purchase an anti-theft device like a steering wheel lock.