Anti-theft technology continues to show its effectiveness at thwarting would-be car thieves. The National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) released its annual Hot Wheels report, identifying 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 and determines the vehicle make, model and model year most reported stolen in 2017.
While Honda Accords and Civics produced prior to the introduction of anti-theft technology continue to dominate this report, a deeper look at the data demonstrates just how effective anti-theft technology continues to be. A total of (6,707) 1998 Honda Civics were stolen in 2017 compared with just (388) 2017 Civics. Put another way, (17) 1998 Civics were stolen last year for every one 2017 model.
Included with this latest release is a list of the top 10, 2017 vehicle makes and models that were reported stolen in calendar year 2017.
Even with the slight increases in the last few years, the national vehicle theft problem today is at levels not seen since 1967. Enhancements in vehicle security and manufacturing are having a positive impact, but complacency can undermine their success. Thousands of vehicles continue to be stolen each year because owners leave their keys or fobs in the vehicles, and that invites theft.
For 2017, the most stolen vehicles in the nation were:
|Rank||Make/Model||Model year most stolen /
|Total model thefts|
|1||Honda Civic||1998 (6,707)||45,062|
|2||Honda Accord||1997 (6,301)||43,764|
|3||Ford Pickup (Full Size)||2006 (3,151)||35,105|
|4||Chevrolet Pickup (Full Size)||2004 (1,970)||30,058|
|5||Toyota Camry||2017 (1,100)||17,278|
|6||Nissan Altima||2016 (1,450)||13,358|
|7||Toyota Corolla||2016 (1,012)||12,337|
|8||Dodge Pickup (Full Size)||2001 (1,242)||12,004|
|9||GMC Pickup (Full Size)||2017 (957)||10,865|
|10||Chevrolet Impala||2008 (991)||9,487|
The following are the top 10, 2017 model year vehicles stolen during calendar year 2017:
|3||GMC Pickup (Full Size)||957|
|6||Ford Pickup (Full Size)||842|
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