• Sep 23, 2010
It's that time of year again. The National Insurance Crime Bureau has just released its top 10 stolen vehicles from 2009, and once again, the most stolen vehicle in the U.S. continues to be the 1994 Honda Accord. In fact, all but three vehicles retained the same slots on the list as they held last year. Newcomers include the 1994 Chevrolet full-size pickup at number 7, the 2002 Ford Explorer at number 9 and the 2009 Toyota Corolla at number 10. The '02 Explorer moved up one notch from last year, and both the 1999 Ford Taurus and 1996 Jeep Cherokee/Grand Cherokee dropped off of the list all together.

The FBI recently released a study finding vehicle theft in the United States was at its lowest point in nearly 20 years, though recovery rates were similarly lower than ever, too. NCIB says that may be due to the fact that the majority of vehicles stolen today are immediately cut up for parts instead of being resold as whole vehicles. Like the FBI, NICB recommends owners use common sense by locking their vehicles, installing a warning or immobilization device and considering a tracking mechanism. Hit the jump for the full press release.



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NICB's Hot Wheels-Vehicle Thefts Post Sixth Consecutive Yearly Decline
17.1 Percent Drop is Largest Annual Decline in Decades

DES PLAINES, Ill. – Hot Wheels 2010, the National Insurance Crime Bureau's companion study to its popular Hot Spots auto theft report, examines data reported to the National Crime Information Center (NCIC) and determines the vehicle make, model, and model year most reported stolen in 2009.

See the full report at www.nicb.org.

For 2009, the most stolen vehicles* in the nation were:

1. 1994 Honda Accord
2. 1995 Honda Civic
3. 1991 Toyota Camry
4. 1997 Ford F-150 Pickup
5. 2004 Dodge Ram Pickup
6. 2000 Dodge Caravan
7. 1994 Chevrolet Pickup (Full Size)
8. 1994 Acura Integra
9. 2002 Ford Explorer
10. 2009 Toyota Corolla

Hot Wheels is the only report that examines all theft data without regard to a vehicle's insured status. Other reports focus on insured losses, and those results offer an incomplete view of the vehicle theft landscape. For example, certain models of older cars and trucks are popular with thieves because of the value of their parts-but many are not insured against theft. Whereas newer, more expensive and insured vehicles are often stolen to be resold intact with counterfeit vehicle identification numbers or shipped out of the country.

The FBI's just-released 2009 Uniform Crime Report shows that vehicle theft is once again down significantly from the previous year making 2009 the sixth consecutive year of reduced vehicle thefts. In 2008, 956,846 vehicles were reported stolen-the lowest annual total in over 20 years. For 2009, the number is even lower-794,616.

"Through the end of August this year there were 97,655 vehicles that were listed as stolen and not yet recovered," said Joe Wehrle, NICB president and CEO. "Of that number, only 38 percent had some kind of insurance coverage. So there are a lot of vehicles out there that are being stolen and the owner is left holding the bag with no car and no money to buy another one.

"As our Hot Wheels report shows, many of these thefts end up in chop shops where they are turned into replacement parts."

Even though the continuing decline in vehicle thefts is great news, if it happens to you it can be financially devastating and just an all-around hassle. That's why, as part of its Hot Wheels and Hot Spots campaigns each year, NICB urges motorists to follow its "layered approach" to auto theft prevention. By employing these simple, low-cost suggestions, people can make their vehicles less attractive to thieves.

NICB's four layers of protection are:

Common Sense: Lock your car and take your keys. It's simple enough, but many thefts occur because owners make it easy for thieves to steal their cars.

Warning Device: Having and using a visible or audible warning device is another item that can ensure that your car remains where you left it.

Immobilizing Device: Generally speaking, if your vehicle can't be started, it can't be stolen. "Kill" switches, fuel cut-offs and smart keys are among the devices which are extremely effective.

Tracking Device: A tracking device emits a signal to the police or to a monitoring station when the vehicle is stolen. Tracking devices are very effective in helping authorities recover stolen vehicles. Some systems employ "telematics" which combine GPS and wireless technologies to allow remote monitoring of a vehicle. If the vehicle is moved, the system will alert the owner and the vehicle can be tracked via computer.

The NICB has a partnership program in place so you can receive a discount on proven theft prevention and recovery products. Go to www.nicb.org for more information.

Considering a used vehicle purchase? Don't buy a headache. Since 2005, NICB has offered VINCheckSM, a free vehicle history service for consumers. Check it out at:
www.nicb.org/theft_and_fraud_awareness/vincheck/vincheck.

Anyone with information concerning vehicle theft and insurance fraud can report it anonymously by calling toll-free 1-800-TEL-NICB (1-800-835-6422), texting keyword "fraud" to TIP411 (847411) or by visiting our Web site at www.nicb.org.

About the National Insurance Crime Bureau: headquartered in Des Plaines, Ill., the NICB is the nation's leading not-for-profit organization exclusively dedicated to preventing, detecting and defeating insurance fraud and vehicle theft through information analysis, investigations, training, legislative advocacy and public awareness. The NICB is supported by nearly 1,100 property and casualty insurance companies and self-insured organizations. NICB member companies wrote over $319 billion in insurance premiums in 2009, or more than 78 percent of the nation's property/casualty insurance. That includes more than 93 percent ($151 billion) of the nation's personal auto insurance. To learn more visit www.nicb.org.

* This report reflects stolen vehicle data reported to NCIC in 2009. No further filtering of information is conducted, i.e., determining the total number of a particular make and model currently registered in the U.S. for comparison purposes.


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      • 4 Years Ago
      Makes sense that the cars that are most common are also the cars that are stolen the most common.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Stealing one of those cars is like breaking into a Chevy dealership and stealing an Aveo.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I wish they'd steal newer Acura TLs just to get the ugly things off the road. Take a few Crosstours for good measure. Thank you
        • 4 Years Ago
        You realize even if they were stolen, they'd still be on the road...

        Gotta love flawed logic.
      • 4 Years Ago
      ... I dont get it. One of those Camrys were stolen eailer this week in Atlanta. (Which inspired several "random accelertion" jokes with me and my friends...) I mean... if I'm going to go through the trouble to steal a car, I'm going to atleast get something NICE, but I guess the name of the game is what's the EASIETto steal...
        • 4 Years Ago
        I think the name of the game is "can I sell the parts after I strip the car down"? What's the point of going through the trouble of stealing an S600 if only like 1 person might buy parts from you? Beat-down Camrys and Civics are dime-a-dozen in the ghetto, and those dudes do not want to pay full price for parts :)
        • 4 Years Ago
        I think they're popular because it's so easy to part them out. There are so many Camrys, Accord, pickups out there, that they can make a hell of a lot of money on what they steal and not have to worry about trying to sell an entire car that's been stolen.
      • 4 Years Ago
      i think most of the more common cars are stolen for parts commonality and easy of stripping selling parts.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Hit it on the head. This isn't about the car, its about the parts.
      • 4 Years Ago
      LOL man ppl steal Dodge caravans must really be desperate!
      • 4 Years Ago
      That is not a 1995 civic in your picture... its a 96-98 civic.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I can see the 1994 Chevy pickup. That generation of pickups (1988-1998) are pretty decent trucks. I own a 1998 and 1992 C1500. I know not all of them are perfect, but they're still good. My 1992 had quite a bit of rust on the bottom and the motor had 315,000 miles on it before it blew and I replaced it last year, (and I paid only $200.00 for it) but after the repairs it runs like a dream. I get offers for them both everyday, so wherever I go I have to park so I can keep an eye on them.

      The Explorer and Camry, however, aren't worth the trouble. I'd just as soon leave the keys in them.
        • 4 Years Ago
        88-98 Chevy's are my favorite truck of all time. If you look down my street, you can see that every house has a white one in the driveway.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The salt belt cities must have different lists, because most of these vehicles are long gone from corrosion of frames, gas tanks and fuel lines, floors, trunks, sheet metal, cowls, etc.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I'd have to agree with you there. The last '91 Toyota Corolla I saw, you could see into the trunk, due to the massive rust holes.

        For the rust-belt, I'd suspect the F-150 (92-96) and the late 90's Civics would have to be on that list.
      • 4 Years Ago
      This info isn't much help in determining which vehicles are most likely to be stolen though. This is just the raw numbers. Most of those are probably on the list because there are just so damn many of them on the road. It would be much more interesting to see what the number stolen per capita (or should I say per car-pita) is.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I saw a list like that somewhere.

        The list contained mostly high end SUVs and full size pickup trucks with the Cadillac Escalade coming in at number one. Some other vehicles of note were the Ford F-250 and Corvette Z06.
      • 4 Years Ago
      It seems that OnStar is doing its job. GM cars are all way down, except for some older models.
      • 4 Years Ago
      2009 corolla?

      That doesn't come with a car alarm and/or immobilizer standard?
        • 4 Years Ago
        I'm surprised too. 2010 models have them standard. I understand that doesn't mean you cannot steal the car, but it sure makes it a lot harder than say a 1997 Corolla.
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