Credit: National Insurance Crime Bureau
The Honda Civic no longer claims the top spot of most stolen vehicle America. That spot now goes to the Ford full-sized pickup, according to the National Insurance Crime Bureau's latest "Hot Wheels" report.
In the 2019 report that includes crime data from across the country, the NICB report ranks the Ford full-sized pick-up truck as the most stolen vehicle in 2019. In fact, four full-size pickup trucks from different manufacturers made the top ten list.
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 2019.
The most stolen vehicles in the nation during 2019 were:
While the Ford pickups are a treasured target by thieves, when categorized by model year, the 2000 Honda Civic had the most thefts followed by the 1997 Honda Accord.
The top ten model, makes and years swiped in 2019 were:
In 2019, the top three model years stolen were 2018 vehicles (47,859 thefts), followed by 2019 models (45,188 thefts), and 2017 models (39,425 thefts).
As thefts remain high, NICB recommends drivers follow these four layers of protection to guard against vehicle theft:
Common Sense - the common-sense approach to protection is the easiest and most cost-effective way to thwart would-be thieves. You should always:
Warning Device - the second layer of protection is a visible or audible device which alerts thieves that your vehicle is protected. Popular devices include:
Immobilizing Device - the third layer of protection is a device which prevents thieves from bypassing your ignition and hot-wiring the vehicle. Some electronic devices have computer chips in ignition keys. Other devices inhibit the flow of electricity or fuel to the engine until a hidden switch or button is activated. Some examples are:
Tracking Device - the final layer of protection is a tracking device which emits a signal to police or 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.
October 22, 2020