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Stolen Vehicle Report:
This story was released today from the National Insurance Crime Bureau (www.nicb.org)
The nation's motor vehicle thieves continue to favor imports over domestic brands as their targets of opportunity.
For 2004, the top ten most stolen vehicles in the United States by make, model, and model year were:
1. 1995 Honda Civic
2. 1989 Toyota Camry
3. 1991 Honda Accord
4. 1994 Dodge Caravan
5. 1994 Chevrolet Full Size C/K 1500 Pickup
6. 1997 Ford F150 Series
7. 2003 Dodge Ram Pickup
8. 1990 Acura Integra
9. 1988 Toyota Pickup
10. 1991 Nissan Sentra
NICB encourages everyone to follow its "layered approach" to auto theft protection by employing simple, low-cost suggestions to make their vehicles less attractive to thieves. NICB's four layers are:
The cheapest form of defense is to simply employ the anti-theft devices that are standard on all vehicles: locks. Lock your car and take your keys.
Having and using a visible or audible warning device is another item that can ensure that your car remains where you left it.
"Kill" switches, fuel cut-offs, and smart keys are among the devices which are high and low tech, but extremely effective. Generally speaking, if your car won't start, it won't get stolen.
On the higher end of high tech are the newer devices which can alert you—and law enforcement—the moment an unauthorized user moves your vehicle.
For the complete story go to www.nicb.org and look for the “Hot Wheels” news release.
Random Frugal News: Cheap Zit Zapper
Anyway: Weeks ago I came across this pimple-zapping tip in a women’s magazine called First. The Oct. 17th issue featured this somewhat bizarre recipe for zapping ugly red blemishes
1. Apply an ice cube to the pimple. Hold ice on zit for 30 seconds.
2. Press cotton ball soaked in eye drops liquid onto blemish. Hold in place for three (LONG) minutes.
It really works! I tried it on a red (ugh!) blemish on my nose. Gone, Gone. The procedure also tested successfully on a teenager.
Rationale: According to First, the 1-2 punch of ice and eye drops makes the blood vessels contract. This below the surface action reduces the size and redness of a pimple
Hey! It’s cheaper and more effective than other blemish solutions that I’ve tried.
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