The National Insurance Crime Bureau keeps tab on things like car theft by state without regard to a vehicles insured status. That’s significant, because it looks at ALL car thefts, not just those that were reported to an insurance company. Each year, the NICB publishes a list of the most stolen vehicles in the United States, and the top 10 may come as a surprise.
There aren’t any exotics or luxury cars on the list, and the most valuable car in the top 10 probably doesn’t crack the $10,000 barrier. These aren’t cars stolen to order by gangs who specialize in shipping containers of hot cars to South America; instead, they’re cars that get snatched because they’re easy to steal, or have parts common to a wide range of other vehicles.
There are some benchmarks for the 2011 list. For the first time since 2002, car thieves preferred domestic cars to imports, and Ford had more vehicles in the top ten than any other domestic maker. The top three positions, however, are still held by Japanese automakers, a trend that has remained unchanged since 2000. If there’s good new, it’s this: pending the latest FBI preliminary crime stats, car theft is at its lowest point since 1967.
Which vehicles made this year’s “Hot Wheels” list?
1. 1994 Honda Accord
2. 1995 Honda Civic
3. 1991 Toyota Camry
4. 1999 Chevrolet Pickup (full-size)
5. 1997 Ford F150 Pickup
6. 2004 Dodge Ram Pickup
7. 2000 Dodge Caravan
8. 1994 Acura Integra
9. 2002 Ford Explorer
10. 1999 Ford Taurus
To keep any car safe from theft, the NICB recommends a layered approach to security. A car alarm and steering wheel lock (like The Club) won’t deter a serious thief, but if his choice comes down to someone else’s car with a blinking red light and a bar locked to the steering wheel, versus yours that has neither, which car do you think he’ll choose?
Want complete detail, including state-specific theft listings? Visit the NICB’s website.