More modern vehicles are much harder to steal, but models from the 90s are easy targets for thieves.

Late-model Hondas continue their reign as the most-stolen vehicles in the United States, according to the National Insurance Crime Bureau’s annual Hot Wheels study. The look at 2016 theft rates shows the Honda Accord as the most popular model among thieves with 50,427. The 1997 example was most likely to be taken with 7,527 of them stolen.

2016 Hot Wheels Infographic


“Anti-theft systems in newer model cars and trucks are excellent, but they don’t work if you don’t use them. Far too many thefts occur because the vehicle is left unlocked and the key or fob is inside,” said NICB President and CEO Joe Wehrle.

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Total vehicle thefts are up year-over-year. In 2016, there were 757,850 thefts nationwide, versus 707,758 in 2015. The figures are still down significantly from the high of 1,661,738 stolen vehicles in 1991. The NICB began collecting this data in 1960 when the study registered 328,200 thefts.

You can view the full list below:

For 2016, the most stolen vehicles* in the nation were:

Rank 
Make/Model 
Model Year Most Stolen/ 
(# Thefts)
Total Model Thefts
Honda Accord  1997 (7,527)   50,427
Honda Civic  1998 (7,578)   49,547
Ford Pickup (Full Size)  2006 (2,986)   32,721
Chevrolet Pickup (Full Size)  2004 (2,107)   31,238
Toyota Camry  2016 (1,113)   16,732
Nissan Altima  2015 (1,673)   12,221
Dodge Pickup (Full Size)  2001 (1,288)   12,128
Toyota Corolla  2015 (1,070)   11,989
Chevrolet Impala  2008 (1,013)   9,749
10  Jeep Cherokee/Grand Cherokee 2000 (898)   9,245

 

More modern vehicles are much harder to steal. For example, thieves only took 493 examples of the 2016 Accord. The most stolen 2016 model year vehicle was the Toyota Camry at 1,113 thefts.  Check out the ranking below:

The following are the top 10 2016 model year vehicles stolen during calendar year 2016:

Rank 
Make/Model 
Total Thefts
Toyota Camry  1,113 
Nissan Altima  1,063 
Toyota Corolla  982 
Dodge Charger  945 
Ford Fusion  914 
Hyundai Sonata  887 
GMC Sierra  884 
Hyundai Elantra  832 
Ford Pickup (Full Size)  738 
10  Ford Transit  669 


A separate study from the NICB showed 46,467 motorcycles thefts in 2016, up slightly from 45,555 in 2015. With 9,052 bikes stolen, Honda's cycles were most popular among thieves. 

Source: National Insurance Crime Bureau

2016 NICB Hot Wheels Stolen Vehicle Report

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NICB’s Hot Wheels: America’s 10 Most Stolen Vehicles
Two Honda models contribute 42 percent of all top 10 thefts


DES PLAINES, Ill., July 12, 2017 — The National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) today released its annual Hot Wheels report which identifies the 10 most stolen vehicles in the United States. The report examines vehicle theft data submitted by law enforcement to the National Crime Information Center (NCIC) and determines the vehicle make, model and model year most reported stolen in 2016.

Included with today’s release is a list of the top 25 2016 vehicle makes and models that were reported stolen in calendar year 2016.

While Honda Accords and Civics dominate this annual list, they are older, pre-“smart key” production models. Since the introduction of smart keys and other anti-theft technology, Honda thefts have fallen precipitously. As the list of top 25 most stolen 2016 model year vehicles shows, there were only 493 thefts of Accords last year.

Technology is working, but complacency can defeat it. 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.

For 2016, the most stolen vehicles* in the nation were:

Rank 
Make/Model 
Model Year Most Stolen/ 
(# Thefts)
Total Model Thefts
Honda Accord  1997 (7,527)   50,427
Honda Civic  1998 (7,578)   49,547
Ford Pickup (Full Size)  2006 (2,986)   32,721
Chevrolet Pickup (Full Size)  2004 (2,107)   31,238
Toyota Camry  2016 (1,113)   16,732
Nissan Altima  2015 (1,673)   12,221
Dodge Pickup (Full Size)  2001 (1,288)   12,128
Toyota Corolla  2015 (1,070)   11,989
Chevrolet Impala  2008 (1,013)   9,749
10  Jeep Cherokee/Grand Cherokee 2000 (898)   9,245

 

See the national report here, the state report here, an infographic here and video here.

The following are the top 10 2016 model year vehicles stolen during calendar year 2016:

Rank 
Make/Model 
Total Thefts
Toyota Camry  1,113 
Nissan Altima  1,063 
Toyota Corolla  982 
Dodge Charger  945 
Ford Fusion  914 
Hyundai Sonata  887 
GMC Sierra  884 
Hyundai Elantra  832 
Ford Pickup (Full Size)  738 
10  Ford Transit  669 

 

Download the complete list of 2016’s top 25 most stolen from this spreadsheet.

“The increase in vehicle thefts over the past two years should be a reminder that drivers must do their part to protect their vehicles,” said NICB President and CEO Joe Wehrle. “Anti-theft systems in newer model cars and trucks are excellent, but they don’t work if you don’t use them. Far too many thefts occur because the vehicle is left unlocked and the key or fob is inside. Taking the time to lock it up every time you leave it can save a whole lot of headache and expense in the long run.”

Vehicle theft is a severe economic hardship for its victims—especially if a vehicle is uninsured. That is why NICB continues to advise all drivers to review our four “Layers of Protection”:

Common Sense: Lock your car and take your keys. It’s simple enough, but many thefts occur because owners make it easy for thieves to steal their cars.

Warning Device: Having and using a visible or audible warning device is another item that can ensure that your car remains where you left it.

Immobilizing Device: Generally speaking, if your vehicle can’t be started, it can’t be stolen. “Kill” switches, fuel cut-offs and smart keys are among the devices that are extremely effective.

Tracking Device: A tracking device emits a signal to the police or to a monitoring station when the vehicle is stolen. Tracking devices are very effective in helping authorities recover stolen vehicles. Some systems employ “telematics,” which combine GPS and wireless technologies to allow remote monitoring of a vehicle. If the vehicle is moved, the system will alert the owner and the vehicle can be tracked via computer.

Considering a used vehicle purchase? Check out VINCheck®, a free vehicle history service for consumers. Since 2005, NICB has offered this limited service made possible by its participating member companies. Check it out at: www.nicb.org/vincheck.

*This report reflects stolen vehicle data contained in NCIC and present in the “NCIC mirror image” when accessed by NICB on March 23, 2017. NCIC records may contain errors based on inaccurate entries submitted by reporting agencies. Full size pickups include half ton and larger capacity models for all makes.

Anyone with information concerning insurance fraud or vehicle theft can report it anonymously by calling toll-free 800-TEL-NICB (800-835-6422), texting keyword “fraud” to TIP411 (847411) or submitting a form on our website. Or, download the NICB Fraud Tips app on your iPhone or Android device.

About the National Insurance Crime Bureau: Headquartered in Des Plaines, Ill., the NICB is the nation's leading not-for-profit organization exclusively dedicated to preventing, detecting and defeating insurance fraud and vehicle theft through data analytics, investigations, training, legislative advocacy and public awareness. The NICB is supported by more than 1,100 property and casualty insurance companies and self-insured organizations. NICB member companies wrote over $436 billion in insurance premiums in 2016, or more than 79 percent of the nation's property/casualty insurance. That includes more than 94 percent ($202 billion) of the nation's personal auto insurance. To learn more visit www.nicb.org.

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