57 Chevy is popular theft target
Image: Tony Alter, 2012
Classic cars are seen as an investment by many owners, not just a practical piece of history that is worth preserving.
While values can vary wildly depending on the age, make, model and rarity of a classic vehicle, they are still common targets for thieves, which is why owners are encouraged to be particularly vigilant.
Desert News points out that a new set of stats from the National Insurance Crime Bureau, reveals a number of interesting trends in the car theft underworld over the past 12 months.
For example, in 2012, there were a total of 42 thefts of vintage Chevys originally built in 1957. This may not sound like a large number, but one of the owners who had their classic car stolen was none other than TV's Dr Phil McGraw.
While owners of a Honda Prelude or Accord may be more likely to have their cars targeted by thieves, older classics are also at risk if they are not properly protected.
Thieves are also known to steal car parts and accessories in a very opportunistic manner, according to USA Today.
A classic car needs to be treated with care and this includes ensuring its physical safety.