These are the cars we steal the most
The National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) compiles an annual Hot Wheels report, which lists the top ten most stolen cars in the United States. Here are the top targets from the most recent report and the most stolen model year for each:
- Honda Accord (1997)
- Honda Civic (1998)
- Ford Pickup (full size) (2006)
- Chevrolet Pickup (full size) (2004)
- Toyota Camry (2016)
- Nissan Altima (2015)
- Dodge Pickup (full size) (2001)
- Toyota Corolla (2015)
- Chevrolet Impala (2008)
- Jeep Cherokee/Grand Cherokee (2000)
We love older cars
When you think of the car thieves you see in movies or TV shows, they’re usually after high end, luxury sports cars. And while those do get stolen in real life, it doesn’t happen nearly as often as you would think. Thieves target older cars because they’re much easier to steal.
“In the 2000s, most vehicles started to come equipped with more advanced ignition systems such as chipped keys that need to be in proximity to the dash for the car to start,” says Marc Hinch, an auto theft investigator and creator of stolen911.com. “Many of the vehicles prior to this time are easy to start if you know how to manipulate the ignition.”
If your car was built more than 20 years ago, Hinch recommends taking extra security precautions, like installing steering wheel locks, aftermarket alarm systems, or ignition immobilizers. There are even GPS tracking systems that can send you alerts if your car starts moving unexpectedly. Trust us, they’re worth the money. What you really need to look out for are these 7 ways you’re wasting money on your car.