When purchasing a new or used car, you may want to consider the list of most stolen vehicles before choosing a model. Because there are many motivations for stealing a car, the most stolen vehicles are not necessarily the nicest or fanciest cars. In fact, the 1994 Honda Accord was the most stolen vehicle in the United States in 2010, followed by the 1995 Honda Civic and the 1991 Toyota Camry.
- 1994 Honda Accord
- 1995 Honda Civic
- 1991 Toyota Camry
- 1999 Chevrolet Pickup (Full Size)
- 1997 Ford F150 Series/Pickup
- 2004 Dodge Ram
- 2000 Dodge Caravan
- 1994 Acura Integra
- 2002 Ford Explorer
- 1999 Ford Taurus
The top three cars on the 2010 list were in the same positions in 2009; Toyota and Honda models have held the top three spots since 2000. Part of the reason that these cars have higher rates of theft is that they are so popular which means proportionally there are more of them on the road to steal.
For the first time since 2000, however, domestic brands outnumber foreign models in the top 10. All models in the list were in the top 10 on last year’s list, too, except the 1999 Ford Taurus, which took out the 2009 Toyota Corolla for the tenth spot.
It is interesting to note that all the vehicles on the list are at least seven years old; most are from the 1990s. The NICB points out that of the almost 52,000 Honda Accords stolen in 2010, more than 44,000 were made in the 1990s, compared with fewer than 5,700 that were produced since the year 2000. The reason for this is pretty clear: old cars are stolen more frequently because new cars are equipped with technology that makes them harder to steal and easier to track down if they do get stolen. Newer cars still get stolen but they require a more sophisticated and experienced thief.Read More
A car is stolen every 40 seconds in the United States; rates vary by city and urban versus rural areas. Many car thefts could be prevented, however, if the owner thought more like a car thief. Think about what a potential thief sees when he walks past your car.
3 Questions to ask yourself before walking away from your parked car:
Is your car parked in a quiet area that might be an attractive theft target?
How easy would it be for someone to break into your car?
Have I used an anti-theft device?Read More
The FBI’s Uniform Crime Reports states that a car theft occurred every 40 seconds in the United States in 2008; translating to about 930,000 incidents. Urban areas see the highest percentage of car theft and “Car Jackings”. Car theft fell by 17 percent to approximately 795,000 incidents in 2009. In that year the South experienced the most car thefts at 37.8 percent, followed by the West at 34.2 percent, the Midwest at 18 percent, and the Northeast at 10 percent. “Car Jackings” accounted for only 3 percent of all car thefts.
By 2012 eight of the top ten car theft cities could be found in California, according to the National Insurance Crime Bureau in Des Plaines, Ill. Modesto, California took the number one spot. Car thefts overall were up by 1.3 percent in 2012, with 13 states in the western region of the U.S. including Alaska and Hawaii showing a huge increase of 10.6 increase over 2011.