For the second straight year, thieves have given the Ford full-size pickup the dubious honor of being the most stolen vehicle in America, according to the National Insurance Crime Bureau’s new “Hot Wheels” ranking.
An analysis of crime data from across the country shows that the Chevrolet full-size pickup finished second on the list of most stolen vehicles during 2020.
The number of car thefts soared last year. In a press release, David Glawe, president and CEO of the NICB, says:
“Auto thefts saw a dramatic increase in 2020 versus 2019 in part due to the pandemic, an economic downturn, law enforcement realignment, depleted social and schooling programs, and, in still too many cases, owner complacency.”
The 10 most commonly stolen vehicles — along with the model year thieves most commonly targeted — in 2020 were:
- Ford pickup (full size): 44,014 total thefts, with the 2006 model being stolen most often
- Chevrolet pickup (full size): 40,968 total thefts, 2004 model
- Honda Civic: 34,144 total thefts, 2000 model
- Honda Accord: 30,814 total thefts, 1997 model
- Toyota Camry: 16,915 total thefts, 2019 model
- Nissan Altima: 14,668 total thefts, 2020 model
- GMC pickup (full size): 13,016 total thefts, 2005 model
- Toyota Corolla: 12,515 total thefts, 2020 model
- Honda CR-V: 12,309 total thefts, 2000 model
- Dodge pickup (full size): 11,991 total thefts, 2001 model
In the past, the NICB has noted that older cars often appear on the Hot Wheels list because they were built without robust anti-theft technology. So, it’s a mistake to think that driving around an old beater means you don’t have to worry about your wheels being stolen.
In fact, not realizing that thieves target older cars is one of the “8 Things That Make Your Car an Easy Target for Thieves.”
The NICB offers some other tips for keeping your car out of the clutches of thieves, including:
- Use common sense. Keep your keys out of the ignition if you are away, and lock the doors.
- Add a warning device. These include alarms, steering column collars and brake locks.
- Use an immobilizing device. These prevent thieves from bypassing the ignition to “hot wire” the car. Smart keys, fuse cut-offs and kill switches are examples.
- Install a tracking device. This type of device sends a signal to police or a monitoring station that helps the authorities locate your car if it’s stolen.
Are you thinking of buying a car soon? Check out “ 5 Steps You Must Take Before Buying a Used Car.”
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