The ten most stolen vehicles in the United States


“Auto thefts have seen a dramatic increase in 2020 over 2019 in part due to the pandemic, an economic downturn, a realignment of law enforcement, exhausted social and school programs and, in still too many cases, of the complacency of the owners, “said David glawe, President and CEO of NICB. “For many people, a car is the second most important investment they will make after a home. Whatever type of vehicle you own, take steps to protect your investment: lock your car and take your keys.

Thefts for all top 10 models increased in 2020 compared to 2019, but only the full-size Ford, Chevrolet and GMC pickups and the Honda CR-V saw double-digit theft percentages. In this year’s list, six of the 10 most stolen vehicles were Japanese models.

Top 10 stolen vehicles in 2020

#

Vehicle make / model

Flights

Increase
2019

The most common
Model year
Fly

1

Ford full size pickup truck

44,014

13.0%

2006

2

Chevrolet full-size pickup truck

40 968

25.7%

2004

3

Honda Civic

34 144

2.8%

2000

4

Honda accord

30 814

0.2%

1997

5

Toyota camry

16 915

8.0%

2019

6

Nissan altima

14 668

9.8%

2020

7

GMC full-size pickup

13,016

16.6%

2005

8

Toyota corolla

12,515

3.1%

2020

9

Honda CR-V

12,309

21.9%

2000

ten

Dodge full-size pickup

11,991

6.2%

2001

Directory Hot wheels The report examines vehicle theft data submitted by law enforcement to the National Crime Information Center (NCIC) and determines the make, model, and model year of the vehicle most commonly reported as stolen in 2020.

To guard against vehicle theft, NICB recommends that drivers follow these four levels of protection to guard against vehicle theft:

  1. Common Sense – The common sense approach to protection is the easiest and most cost effective way to outwit potential thieves. You should always:
    1. Remove your keys from the ignition
    2. Lock your doors / close your windows
    3. Park in a well-lit place
  2. Warning device – the second layer of protection is a visible or audible device that alerts thieves that your vehicle is protected. Popular devices include:
    1. Audible alarms
    2. Steering column clamps
    3. Steering wheel / brake pedal lock
    4. Brake locks
    5. Wheel locks
    6. Anti-theft stickers
    7. Identification markers in or on the vehicle
    8. VIN engraving
    9. Micro-dot marking
  3. Immobilizer – the third layer of protection is a device that prevents thieves from bypassing your ignition and hotwiring the vehicle. Some electronic devices have computer chips in the ignition keys. Other devices prevent the flow of electricity or fuel to the engine until a hidden switch or button is activated. Some examples are:
    1. Smart keys
    2. Broken fuses
    3. Cut the switches
    4. Starter, ignition and fuel pump deactivation
    5. Wireless ignition authentication
  4. Tracking device – the final layer of protection is a tracking device that emits a signal to the police or a surveillance station when the vehicle is stolen. Tracking devices are very effective in helping authorities recover stolen vehicles. Some systems use “telematics” which combines GPS and wireless technologies to allow remote monitoring of a vehicle. If the vehicle is moved, the system alerts the owner and the vehicle can be tracked by computer.

REPORT FRAUD: Anyone with information regarding insurance fraud or vehicle theft can report it anonymously by calling the toll-free number 800.TEL.NICB (800.835.6422) or submitting a form on our website.

ABOUT THE NATIONAL INSURANCE CRIME BUREAU: Based at Des Plains, Illinois., the NICB is the country’s leading non-profit organization exclusively dedicated to preventing, detecting and combating insurance fraud and vehicle theft through intelligence and analytics, learning and development and strategy, policies and plans. The NICB is supported by more than 1,200 property and casualty insurance companies, car rental companies, auto auctions and self-insured entities. NICB member companies have written more than $ 526 billion insurance premiums in 2019, or more than 82% of the country’s non-life insurance. This includes more than 95% ($ 241 billion) the country’s personal automobile insurance. To learn more, visit www.nicb.org.

SOURCE National Insurance Crime Bureau

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