1994 Honda Accord - America's most stolen car (Photo : Flickr)
The National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) released its 2011 "Hot Wheels" list of the ten most stolen cars today. The list is based on information submitted by police to the National Crime Information Center.
The list is as follows:
1. 1994 Honda Accord
2. 1998 Honda Civic
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3. 2006 Ford Pickup (Full Size)
4. 1991 Toyota Camry
5. 2000 Dodge Caravan
6. 1994 Acura Integra
7. 1999 Chevrolet Pickup (Full Size)
8. 2004 Dodge Pickup (Full Size)
9. 2002 Ford Explorer
10. 1994 Nissan Sentra
There were 3.3 percent fewer car thefts in 2011 than there were in 2010, when there were 737,142. The year saw the lowest number of cars thefts, the NICB said, since 1967.
The NICB report shows that thieves in different states favor different models. While the full-size Chevrolet pickup was number 7 on the national list, it was the number 1 vehicles of choice for thieves in Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Maine, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Oklahoma and Tennessee. In several of those states, Ford and Dodge pickups held the second and third spots.
The Dodge Caravan, fifth on the national list, was the most commonly stolen car in Washington DC, Illinois, Maryland, Wisconsin, Michigan, and Ohio.
Though the top ten most stolen cars are older models, the NICB says that thefts of new models are on the rise.
"While overall thefts continue to decline, we are seeing a trend toward increases in the thefts of late model vehicles - ones that are theoretically harder to steal due to sophisticated key code technology," NICB president and CEO Joe Wehrle said in a statement. "Today's vehicle thieves are typically professional criminals who have figured out how to get the key code for a specific vehicle, have a replacement key made, and steal the vehicle within a matter of days. We are aware of nearly 300 thefts that took place in the first three months of this year in which we believe replacement keys using illegally obtained key codes were used to steal the vehicle. We are working closely with our member companies, law enforcement, and the vehicle manufacturers to track these illegal key code transactions and stop the thefts or recover the stolen vehicles before they can be resold here or shipped out of the country to be sold overseas."
For an NICB video on key code thefts, see this video.