Each year the NICB issues its annual Hot Wheels Report outlining the Top Vehicles Stolen in the U.S.
As it has done each year since 1984, the National Insurance Crime Bureau, better known as the NICB, has published its annual report examining motor vehicle theft at both the national and local level. The annual report surveys vehicle theft data submitted to the National Crime Information Center which then determines what vehicles according to make, model and model year were the most stolen over the past year.
While older vehicles still dominate our Hot Wheels most stolen list, the number of late model vehicles with anti-theft protection on the list goes to show that technology isn’t foolproof,” said NICB President and CEO Joe Wehrle. “Criminals are doing their best to defeat anti-theft technology through hacking and other means while, at the same time, manufacturers and others are working to improve security.
Far too often, drivers leave their vehicles unlocked or with keys inside, making it way too easy for an opportunistic thief. And as we noted recently, many stolen cars are not reported as typical thefts to police because many of today’s thefts are financial crimes involving complicated VIN switching, cloning, straw buyers, illegal exports and other sophisticated criminal methods.”
As a result, the NICB says that all drivers should be aware of the following “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.
The Top 10 Stolen Vehicles in the U.S. in 2015
The following are the vehicles that were stolen the most during 2015. The number following each model is the total amount of thefts nationwide of that vehicle during the calendar year 2015.
- 1996 Honda Accord – 52,244
- 1998 Honda Civic – 49,430
- 2006 Ford Pickup (Full Size) – 29,396
- 2004 Chevrolet Pickup (Full Size) – 27,771
- 2014 Toyota Camry – 15,466
- 2001 Dodge Pickup (Full Size) – 11,212
- 2014 Toyota Corolla – 10,547
- 2015 Nissan Altima – 10,374
- 2002 Dodge Caravan – 9,798
- 2008 Chevrolet Impala – 9,225
In comparison, the next top 10 list are the top 2015 model year vehicles stolen:
- Nissan Altima – 1,104
- Chrysler 200 – 1,069
- Toyota Camry – 923
- Toyota Corolla – 776
- GMC Sierra – 670
- Dodge Charger – 666
- Hyundai Sonata – 632
- Chevrolet Malibu – 629
- Chevrolet Impala – 594
- Chevrolet Cruze – 586
The Top 10 Stolen Vehicles in Massachusetts
Turning to our own state, these were the most stolen vehicles in the Commonwealth during 2015, according to the NICB: