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The 10 Most Stolen Cars in America

Honda Accord and Civic owners are at the greatest risk of getting their vehicles stolen, at least according to the latest “Hot Wheels” report released by the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB).

The report analyzes data the National Crime Information Center (NCIC) receives from law enforcement, resulting in a list of the most stolen vehicles for 2015. Cars and full-size trucks dominate the list, with the following vehicles taking the top spots:

Vehicle Thefts in 2015
1 Honda Accord 52,244
2 Honda Civic 49,430
3 Ford Pickup (Full Size) 29,396
4 Chevrolet Pickup (Full Size) 27,771
5 Toyota Camry 15,466
6 Dodge Pickup (Full Size) 11,212
7 Toyota Corolla 10,547
8 Nissan Altima 10,374
9 Dodge Caravan 9,798
10 Chevrolet Impala 9,225

Notably, older Accord and Civic models were at greater risk. Of the 52,244 Accords stolen in 2015, 7,944 came from the 1996 model year. Meanwhile, the 1998 Civic accounted for 7,376 of all Honda Civic thefts. NICB notes that these models were built before anti-theft technology made cars much more difficult to steal.

There are also a lot of them out there. An IHS Automotive report indicates that the average vehicle is more than 11 years old, and there are 44,000,000 vehicles on the road that are between 16 and 24 years old. Much like the current best sellers, Civics and Accords from the 1990s were popular at the time, and these older models can be a target for thieves since their parts are in demand.

Newer vehicles are also at risk, though thefts are lower as automakers have added anti-theft technologies to improve security. Of the 2015 models NICB analyzed, the following cars and trucks had the most thefts last year:

Vehicle Thefts in 2015
1 2015 Nissan Altima 1,104
2 2015 Chrysler 200 1,069
3 2015 Toyota Camry 923
4 2015 Toyota Corolla 776
5 2015 GMC Sierra 670
6 2015 Dodge Charger 666
7 2015 Hyundai Sonata 632
8 2015 Chevrolet Malibu 629
9 2015 Chevrolet Impala 594
10 2015 Chevrolet Cruze 586

In a press release, NICB President and CEO Joe Wehrle says, “While older vehicles still dominate our Hot Wheels most stolen list, the number of late model vehicles with anti-theft protection on the list goes to show that technology isn’t foolproof. Criminals are doing their best to defeat anti-theft technology through hacking and other means while, at the same time, manufacturers and others are working to improve security.”

NICB recommends using warning and immobilization devices as a safeguard against vehicle theft. The organization also suggests common sense tactics, such as locking your car and taking your keys with you. A tracking device, which is often integrated into the telematics systems found in newer vehicles, also makes it easier to locate and recover your vehicle if it has been stolen.

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2 thoughts on “The 10 Most Stolen Cars in America”

  1. I would think that Accords and Civics top the list because they’re two of the most popular models in the industry? I’m not surprised that Volvos didn’t make the list lol

    1. Justin — Why do people steal cars is the question. Beyond the obvious cases where they just want to drive the stolen car, most cars are stolen for parts or even illegal export. The business of stolen car parts works best for cars that are MORE POPULAR because the market for cheap stolen parts is much bigger. Secondly, your comment about Volvo is odd, my counter is: Maybe they don’t NEED as many replacement parts. How is that for real logic, eh?

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