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|
|3||Ford Pickup (Full Size)||29,396|
|4||Chevrolet Pickup (Full Size)||27,771|
|6||Dodge Pickup (Full Size)||11,212|
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.