NICB Releases Latest Hot Wheels Theft Report

July 12, 2017

The National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) released its annual Hot Wheels report which identifies the 10 most stolen vehicles in the United States. The report examines vehicle theft data submitted by law enforcement to the National Crime Information Center (NCIC) and determines the vehicle make, model and model year most reported stolen in 2016.

Included with today’s release is a list of the top 25 2016 vehicle makes and models that were reported stolen in calendar year 2016.

While Honda Accords and Civics dominate this annual list, they are older, pre-“smart key” production models. Since the introduction of smart keys and other anti-theft technology, Honda thefts have fallen precipitously. As the list of top 25 most stolen 2016 model year vehicles shows, there were only 493 thefts of Accords last year.

Technology is working, but complacency can defeat it. While thefts are down dramatically since their all-time high in 1992, thousands of vehicles continue to be stolen each year because owners leave their keys or fobs in the vehicles and that invites theft.

For 2016, the most stolen vehicles in the nation were:

Rank Make/Model Model year most stolen / (# thefts) Total model thefts
1 Honda Accord 1997 (7,527) 50,427
2 Honda Civic 1998 (7,578) 49,547
3 Ford Pick-Up (Full Size) 2006 (2,986) 32,721
4 Chevrolet Pick-Up (Full Size) 2004 (2,107) 31,238
5 Toyota Camry 2016 (1,113) 16,732
6 Nissan Altima 2015 (1,673) 12,221
7 Dodge Pick-Up (Full Size) 2001 (1,288) 12,128
8 Toyota Corolla 2015 (1,070) 11,989
9 Chevrolet Impala 2008 (1,013) 9,749
10 Jeep Cherokee/Grand Cherokee 2000 (898) 9,245

The following are the top 10 2016 model year vehicles stolen during calendar year 2016:

Rank Make/Model Total thefts
1 Toyota Camry 1,113
2 Nissan Altima 1,063
3 Toyota Corolla 982
4 Dodge Charger 945
5 Ford Fusion 914
6 Hyundai Sonata 887
7 GMC Sierra 884
8 Hyundai Elantra 832
9 Ford Pick-Up (Full Size) 738
10 Ford Transit 669

“The increase in vehicle thefts over the past two years should be a reminder that drivers must do their part to protect their vehicles,” said NICB President and CEO Joe Wehrle. “Anti-theft systems in newer model cars and trucks are excellent, but they don’t work if you don’t use them. Far too many thefts occur because the vehicle is left unlocked and the key or fob is inside. Taking the time to lock it up every time you leave it can save a whole lot of headache and expense in the long run.”

Source: NICB

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