Wayne Texeira Marketing Director, CFMP, AINS, AIS, API
The National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) has released its annual “Hot Wheels” report outlining the vehicle make, model and model year most reported stolen in 2013. The report is based on theft data submitted to the National Crime Information Center (NCIC) by law enforcement.
For 2013, the most stolen vehicles in the nation by make/model (with the total reported stolen) were:
- Honda Accord (53,995)
- Honda Civic (45,001)
- Chevrolet Pickup (Full Size) (27,809)
- Ford Pickup (Full Size) (26,494)
- Toyota Camry (14,420)
- Dodge Pickup (Full Size) (11,347)
- Dodge Caravan (10,911)
- Jeep Cherokee/Grand Cherokee (9,272)
- Toyota Corolla (9,010)
- Nissan Altima (8,892)
Specifically for 2013 model year vehicles, the top 25 most stolen makes and models were:
- Nissan Altima (810)
- Ford Fusion (793)
- Ford Pickup (Full Size) (775)
- Toyota Corolla (669)
- Chevrolet Impala (654)
- Hyundai Elantra (541)
- Dodge Charger (536)
- Chevrolet Malibu (529)
- Chevrolet Cruze (499)
- Ford Focus (483)
The FBI predicts a reduction in national vehicle thefts of 3.2 percent from 2012 to 2013. If the FBI’s preliminary 2013 vehicle theft estimate holds, thefts will be under 700,000—a number not seen since 1967 and a reduction in vehicle thefts of over 50 percent since 1991, in which thefts totaled 1,661,738. While rates are down, these numbers still equate to a vehicle being stolen every 45 seconds and losses of over $4 billion a year.
Ways to protect your car from theft.
While anti-theft devices in cars have certainly improved, it’s still important to be alert and take precautions to avoid theft.
Common Sense – Many car thefts occur because the owner make it easy. Always lock your car, take your keys and never leave your car running while unattended.
Warning Device – Be sure to set your car alarm.
Immobilizing Device – Kill switches, fuel cut-offs and smart keys are extremely effective.
Tracking Device – Tracking devices that allow police to track and locate your car if stolen. Some systems now combine GPS and wireless technology to remotely monitor a vehicle, which alerts you if the vehicle is moved and allows you to track it.
Source: National Insurance Crime Bureau