By Grace Vasquez
Do you own a vehicle on the “Most Wanted” list aka “Hot Wheels?” Fortunately (or unfortunately) for me, my vehicle isn’t on the list but is so old and banged up I’d probably have to pay someone to take it.
The National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) released its annual Hot Wheels report listing the top ten most stolen vehicles in the U.S.
Now, while Honda Accords and Civics dominate this annual list, they are older, pre-”smart key” production models. So Honda owners take heed, since the introduction of smart keys and other anti-theft technology, Honda thefts have declined steeply. As the list of top 25 most stolen 2016 model year vehicles shows, there were only 493 thefts of Accords last year.
While thefts are down dramatically since their all-time high in 1992, thousands of vehicles continue to be stolen each year because owners leave their keys or fobs in the vehicles and that invites theft. Well, file that one under DUH!
If you want to know if your vehicle made the Top Ten List of “Hot Wheels” here it is and good luck with that! ~grace
|Make/Model||Model year most stolen||(# thefts)||Total model thefts|
|1. Honda Accord||1997||(7,527)||50,427|
|2. Honda Civic||1998||(7,578)||49,547|
|3. Ford Pick-Up (Full Size)||2006||(2,986)||32,721|
|4. Chevrolet Pick-Up (Full Size)||2004||(2,107)||31,238|
|5. Toyota Camry||2016||(1,113)||16,732|
|6. Nissan Altima||2015||(1,673)||12,221|
|7. Dodge Pick-Up (Full Size)||2001||(1,288)||12,128|
|8. Toyota Corolla||2015||(1,070)||11,989|
|9. Chevrolet Impala||2008||(1,013)||9,749|
|10. Jeep Cherokee/Grand Cherokee||2000||(898)||9,245|