Want to reduce your odds of being the victim of a stolen car? There are several easy steps to take. Surprisingly, the vehicles stolen hardly changes from year to year. Not only is it the same vehicles, the number of vehicles hardly changes either. In this post we share which vehicles are most likely to be stolen. We also share the easy steps to take avoid having your vehicle stolen.
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Top Ten Vehicles Most Likely to become a Stolen Car
The National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) releases an annual stolen car report. The report, called the “Hot Wheels” report, is released late in the year for the prior year. ValChoice compared the reports for 2013 and 2018 to see how much they change. Surprisingly, not much. The stolen car list for these two years increased by only 1,081. This represents a one-half percent increase.
Even the type of vehicles stolen was surprisingly consistent. In both 2013 and 2018, full-size pickup trucks represented 40% of the vehicles stolen. Sedans represent a little more than 50% on each year. SUVs and vans comprise the remainder of the stolen car list.
For 2018, here’s how the list of stolen vehicles breaks down. The top ten include:
- Honda Civic (38,426)
- Honda Accord (36715)
- Ford Pickup (Full Size) (36,355)
- Chevrolet Pickup (Full Size) (31,566)
- Toyota Camry (16,906)
- Nissan Altima (13,284)
- Toyota Corolla (12,388)
- GMC Pickup (Full Size) (11,708)
- Dodge Pickup (Full Size) (11,266)
- Jeep Cherokee/Grand Cherokee (9,618)
The above list is for all model years. Just like they did in 2013, Honda again has the dubious honor of taking first place for the most stolen vehicles. Again, just like five years earlier, full-size pickups from Ford and Chevy hold the third and fourth spot for most stolen vehicles. Toyota Camry, Toyota Corolla, Jeep Cherokee and full-size pickups built by GMC and Dodge round out the list. Surprisingly, the list is almost identical to the list from 2013.
Do vehicles on this stolen car list cost more to insure?
Fortunately, the frequency of a vehicle getting stolen doesn’t have much impact on insurance price. In fact, a stolen vehicle only impacts comprehensive insurance. Therefore, for people who don’t carry comprehensive insurance, the how often your vehicle type becomes a stolen car has no impact on insurance pricing. Even for people who do have comprehensive insurance, the impact is minimal.
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Steps to Take to Prevent Your Vehicle from Being Stolen
There are a few common sense items that will help prevent your vehicle from becoming a stolen car.
- Don’t leave your keys in the car
- Lock the doors
- Park in well-lit, safe areas
Notably, don’t drive a full-size pickup. Both the 2013 and 2018 data indicate full-size pickups are stolen at two times the expected rate. Full size pickups represent 20% of the vehicles in operation but represent 40% of the vehicles stolen.
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