Hondas, pickups top list of most stolen vehicles
Older model Honda sedans along with pickup trucks from Chevrolet and Ford were among the most popular vehicles with car thieves in 2013, according to the National Insurance Crime Bureau.
Released on Monday, the report examines vehicle theft data submitted by law enforcement agencies to the National Crime Information Center.
The FBI predicts that total vehicles thefts in 2013 will be down 3.2 when compared to 2012. In fact, since 1991 when more than 1.6 million vehicles were stolen in the United States, the number of cars stolen in the nation is down more than 50 percent.
"The drop in thefts is good news for all of us," said Joe Wehrle, president and CEO of the crime bureau. "But it still amounts to a vehicle being stolen every 45 seconds and losses of more than $4 billion a year."
1. Honda Accord(Credit: WikiMedia Commons / IFCAR)
It might not be a list car manufacturers want to lead — or maybe it is — but the Honda Accord is once again not only popular with car buyers, but also with car thieves. The sedan is ranked as the most stolen car in America with 53,995 Accords taken in 2013. The most popular model year is 1996, with 8,166 Accords from the model year taken against their will.
2. Honda Civic(Credit: WikiMedia Commons / IFCAR)
For those car thieves who couldn't illegally get their hands on an Accord, the Honda Civic was clearly the next choice. In 2013, 45,001 Civics were taken from their rightful owners. Several model years were sought by the nation's car bandits, but the 1998 model won this popularity contest, with 5,978 taken.
3. Chevrolet pickup (full size)(Credit: WikiMedia Commons / IFCAR)
Chevrolet full size pickups are one of three trucks from American car companies to finish among the 10 most stolen vehicles in the U.S. In 2013, 27,809 Chevy pickups drove away with someone other than their rightful owner behind the wheel. While pickups across several years were popular, the 1999 version was the winner with 1,821 pickups stolen.
4. Ford pickup(Credit: WikiMedia Commons / IFCAR)
The second of three pickups to make the list of most stolen vehicles comes from Ford, with 26,494 full-sized trucks stolen in 2013. Unlike the Chevy models stolen, newer model Ford pickups from 2006 (2,650) and 2005 (2,217) were popular with vehicle thieves.
5. Toyota Camry(Credit: WikiMedia Commons / Mark Brown)
New Toyota Camrys may be popular with car buyers, but car thieves clearly like the older models. In 2013, 14,420 Camrys were stolen in the United States, making it the fifth most popular car with thieves. The most sought after Camry was from model year 1991 (1,195) with 1990 (1,075) a close second. So, if you're driving a Camry that's more than 20 years old, be sure to lock your doors and set your alarm.
6. Dodge pickup(Credit: WikiMedia Commons / NHTSA)
The first Dodge and third pickup truck on the list, 11,347 full size Dodge pickups were stole in 2013. Similar to the Ford pickups popular with car thieves, mid-2000 Dodges were also sought after. Leading the way is model year 2004 with 1,194 trucks from that year stolen
7. Dodge Caravan(Credit: WikiMedia Commons / IFCAR)
The lone minivan on the list comes from Dodge. In 2013, 10,911 Caravans were stolen in the United States, with model year 2000 (1,665) the most popular. One has to wonder how many half-eaten lollipops were found stuck beneath those seats.
8. Jeep Grand Cherokee(Credit: WikiMedia Commons / PD-USER)
Sport utility vehicles are clearly popular with new car buyers today, but car thieves have yet to catch this trend. In 2013, the Jeep Grand Cherokee was the only SUV on the Top-10 most stolen car list, coming in at No. 8 with 9,272 stolen.
9. Toyota Corolla(Credit: WikiMedia Commons / IFCAR)
The second Toyota on the list is the compact Corolla. In 2013, 9,010 Corolla's were stolen across the United States. Unlike its big brother, the Camry, thieves sought Corolla's from the mid-2000s, with model years 2004 and 2006 the most popular.
10. Nissan Altima(Credit: WikiMedia Commons / IFCAR)
Rounding out the Top-10 most stolen vehicles is the Altima, the lone Nissan on the list. In 2013, 8,892 Altimas were grabbed by auto thieves in the United States. Among the most popular was the 1997 version, the final year of the model's first generation design.