Des Plaines, Illinois – The National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) has published their annual list of the year’s previous top ten most stolen vehicles. Both of the top two spots went to automaker Honda for their models Accord and Civic. The vehicles were stolen by thieves 53,995 and 45,001 times respectively. By far, each vehicle proved far more popular with thieves than the next most popular vehicles. It isn’t just a testament to their popularity with consumers. The cars have excellent fuel economy, quality workmanship, and retain their value far better than other vehicles of their class.
Next on the list was a close race to the number three and four positions. The Chevrolet pickup was stolen a total of 27,809 times. In fourth place was the Ford pickup with a booster count of 26,494. Toyota made the list at fifth place with a comparatively small 14,420 thefts for the Camry. The Dodge full-size pickup was number six at 11,347. The Dodge Caravan minivan came in seventh place with 10,911. The Jeep Grand Cherokee came in at eighth place having been stolen 9,272 times. The Toyota Corolla finished ninth with 9,010. The Nissan Altima finished tenth at 8,892 thefts.
The good news is that car thefts are on the decline. Year over year, they reduced by 3.2% which is good, but it is the long-term trend that is significant. The FBI estimates that when their 2013 report is compiled later this year, total car thefts will be under 700,000. The last time the number of car thefts were that low was in 1967 when the population was at less than half what it is today. It is also a steep decline since car thefts peaked in 1991 at 1,661,738. Improvements in technology were cited as a reason for the decline along with more proactive measures by insurance companies. Still, the total number of thefts means that every 45 seconds, someone in the nation has their car stolen.
For 2013, the most stolen vehicles* in the nation were (total thefts in parentheses):
1. Honda Accord (53,995)
2. Honda Civic (45,001)
3. Chevrolet Pickup (Full Size) (27,809)
4. Ford Pickup (Full Size) (26,494)
5. Toyota Camry (14,420)
6. Dodge Pickup (Full Size) (11,347)
7. Dodge Caravan (10,911)
8. Jeep Cherokee/Grand Cherokee (9,272)
9. Toyota Corolla (9,010)
10. Nissan Altima (8,892)
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The following are the top 10 2013 model year vehicles stolen during calendar year 2013:
1. Nissan Altima (810)
2. Ford Fusion (793)
3. Ford Pickup Full Size (775)
4. Toyota Corolla (669)
5. Chevrolet Impala (654)
6. Hyundai Elantra (541)
7. Dodge Charger (536)
8. Chevrolet Malibu (529)
9. Chevrolet Cruze (499)
10. Ford Focus (483)