In its annual report of the 10 most stolen cars in 2011, the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) shows a repeat offender at the top of the list. That dubious distinction goes to the 1994which, incidentally, is the car thieves most love to steal for the fourth consecutive year.
What’s the reason the ’94 Accord remains at the top of the most-stolen list? Automotive News attributes that year Accord’s lack of security features and its popularity as the main reasons. In 1997, Honda began equipping its vehicles with immobilizer systems, preventing them from running unless the driver had the key.
The report, “Hot Wheels 2012,” shows another Honda in the top three, the 1998 .
The NICB compiles its report each year by crunching data submitted to the FBI’s National Crime Information Center (NCIC) by law enforcement agencies across the country.
While the previous “Hot Wheels” report had thein third place (it’s in fourth place this year), the latest report shows that spot was claimed by the 2006 pickup. This marks the first time a full-size pickup truck has ranked in the top three spots of most-stolen vehicles in the U.S.
In fact, two other full-size pickups managed to wind up in the 10 most stolen cars in 2011, the 1999 Chevrolet Silverado pickup and the 2004 Dodge Ram pickup, in spots number seven and eight, respectively. The 2002SUV ranked ninth.
As for the rest of the list, two other sedans, the 1994(from parent company Honda) and the 1994 Nissan Sentra, are in spots six and 10, respectively. The 2000 minivan is in fifth place.
Here’s the full listing of 10 most stolen cars in 2011:
- 1994 Honda Accord
- 1998 Honda Civic
- 2006 Ford F-150
- 1991 Toyota Camry
- 2000 Dodge Caravan
- 1994 Acura Integra
- 1999 Chevrolet Silverado
- 2004 Dodge Ram
- 2002 Ford Explorer
- 1994 Nissan Sentra
A growing concern is the appearance of later model vehicles on the top 10 list. That’s the result of thieves being able to illegally obtain replacement key codes for specific vehicles, says the NICB.
One bright spot is that that overall, thefts are decreasing. According to FBI preliminary crime statistics, there’s a 3.3 percent reduction from the 737,142 vehicle thefts recorded in 2010. In fact, thefts haven’t been this low since 1967.