FBI statistics say thefts of parts and accessories and high-tech contents, including Blackberries, iPods and portable DVD players increased 30 percent between 2000 and 2004 to 1.78 million.
Most vulnerable are the portable, pocket-size Global Positioning Satellite systems that attach to the windshield or dashboard with suction cups. They cost between $500 to about $2,600, and are becoming a quick-grab prize of choice for thieves, USA Today said.
"There's no wires to cut or screw to pull out (as with) a radio," says Capt. John O'Leary of the Brookline, Mass., police, which has investigated a rash of such thefts. "You just pop off the suction cups."
Some late-model Mercedes Benzes, Audis and Nissans feature Xenon headlights, which emit a high-intensity beam and retail for about $1,500 a set, which has also made them a popular target as well, the newspaper said.