According to the Insurance Information Institute, about one-third of a typical comprehensive auto insurance premium goes to pay for auto theft claims. According to the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB), older car models are hot commodities for car thieves because they can get good money for stolen vehicle parts. To find out if your car is in danger of being stolen, look at the following list of the 10 most frequently stolen cars in the United States.
Most Commonly Stolen Cars in General
According to the NICB’s annual report of the most frequently stolen cars in the United States, the most stolen vehicles in 2019—the most recent year data is available for—included the following:
- Ford Pickup (Full Size) (38,938 stolen)
- Honda Civic (33,220 stolen)
- Chevrolet Pickup (Full Size) (32,583 stolen)
- Honda Accord (30,745 stolen)
- Toyota Camry (15,656 stolen)
- Nissan Altima (13,355 stolen)
- Toyota Corolla (12,137 stolen)
- Dodge Pickup (Full Size) (11,292 stolen)
- GMC Pickup (Full Size) (11,164)
- Honda CR-V (10,094 stolen)
Most Commonly Stolen Cars By Model Year
The NICB’s report also includes a list of the most frequently stolen cars by model year. The top 10 included the following:
- 2000 Honda Civic (4,731 stolen)
- 1997 Honda Accord (3,563 stolen)
- 2006 Ford Pickup (Full Size) (3,061 stolen)
- 2004 Chevrolet Pickup (Full Size) (2,099 stolen)
- 2019 Ram Pickup (Full Size) (1,547 stolen)
- 2001 Honda CRV (1,394 stolen)
- 2015 Nissan Altima (1,349 stolen)
- 2001 Dodge Pickup (Full Size) (1,174 stolen)
- 2019 Jeep Cherokee/Grand Cherokee (1,110 stolen)
- 2018 GMC Pickup (Full Size) (1,101 stolen)
Preventing Vehicle Theft
To put the brakes on vehicle theft, try the following prevention tips.
- Never leave your car running and unattended.
- Never leave your keys in the car or ignition, even inside a locked garage.
- Always roll up your windows and lock the car, even if it is in front of your home.
- Always park in a high-traffic, well-lit area, if possible.
- Consider anti-theft devices such as steering wheel locks or fuel cut-off switches.
- Have your vehicle identification number (VIN) etched into each piece of glass on the vehicle as a deterrent.
- Investigate the purchase of an auto alarm system if you live in a high-theft area or drive a theft-prone vehicle. Display an alarm decal near the door handle.
- If you use valet parking, leave just the ignition key with the attendant.
- Copy your license plate and VIN numbers on a card and keep them on you with your driver's license. If your vehicle is stolen, police will need this information promptly.
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