Honda Vehicles Top Most Stolen in the U.S.
According to the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NCIB), the 1994 Honda Accord was the most-stolen vehicle in the United States in 2011. This marks the second straight year a Honda Accord tops the list. Honda accounted for the highest number of cars on the list with three different models, including the 1998 Honda Civic, which came in as the second most stolen car in the country, and the 1994 Acura Integra at No. 6.
The NCIB examined vehicle theft data submitted by law enforcement to the National Crime Information Center (NCIC) and then sorted through the numbers by make, model, and model year to determine which cars are reported stolen the most. In fact, if a vehicle is reported stolen to any U.S. law enforcement, it is taken into account by the NCIB.
In 2011, the top 10 most-stolen vehicles were divided evenly between domestic and Japanese manufacturers. Ford full-size pickups, including the popular F150 model, were the most-stolen American vehicle, coming in third. Both Chevrolet and Dodge full-size pickups made the list as well, coming in at No. 7 and No. 8 respectively. For Chevy, the 1999 model year had the highest number of thefts, while 2004 marked the highest number of thefts in Dodge pick-ups. Other domestic models to make the list included the 2000 Dodge Caravan, which ranked No. 5, and the 2002 Ford Explorer at No. 9.
Other Japanese models to make the top ten included the 1991 Toyota Camry, which was America’s fourth most stolen vehicle in 2011. The 1994 Nissan Sentra rounded out the top ten.
On a positive note, the NCIB reported that initial 2011 FBI crime statistics indicated that vehicle thefts were down by 3.3% since 2010. There were 737,142 thefts recorded in 2010, which marks the lowest they have been since 1967. This has largely been accredited to more advanced anti-theft devices being used by manufacturers, such as key codes and vehicle immobilizers.
However, the NCIB did notice an increase in the theft of late-model vehicles. NCIB President and CEO Joe Wehrle says that today’s vehicle thieves are usually professional criminals who develop a system for obtaining a key codes, and then have a replacement key made. The thieves then steal the vehicle within a matter of days. The NCIB was aware of nearly 300 thefts that took place in the first three months of this year in which they believe replacement keys using illegally obtained key codes were used to steal the vehicle.