With modern technology, today’s anti-theft features that protect our investments are absolutely incredible. With the press of a button, or the use of an app, we can protect our belongings and feel safe and secure.
However, in spite of all the technological advancements we take advantage of today, it is still a reality that your car could be stolen.
The good news is, as a whole, car theft in the United States has been steadily on the decline — falling 58 percent — in the 23 years since it peaked at 1,661,738 in 1991.
As a result, 58 percent of Americans rarely or never worry that their car will be stolen, according to a 2014 Gallup poll.
While a decline in car theft is a good thing, it’s becoming evident that people throughout the U.S. are simply making the assumption that their cars cannot or will not be stolen. But this is not the case.
This article will discuss The Top 10 Most Stolen Vehicles in the U.S. along with states that have the highest and lowest vehicle theft rates per 100,000 residents.
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The data for this study was gathered from the following sources:
Each source provided the following information for our research:
- Population – US Census Bureau
- Registrations – Federal Highway Administration
- Vehicle Thefts and Theft Rates – FBI, Uniform Crime Report; prepared by the National Insurance Crime Bureau
Overall, our study and ranking system for 2017 is based on researching the four following categories:
- Vehicle Thefts in America
- Historical Vehicle Theft Rates
- Top 10 Vehicle Thefts by State
- Number of Thefts by Category (Make, Model, and Year)
Top 10 Most Stolen Vehicles
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You may be wondering what the likelihood is of your car being stolen where you live; luckily, we’ve got you covered!
You’ll be able to review theft statistics in all 50 states — plus the District of Columbia — along with the specific makes and models of vehicles that are most likely to be stolen (click here to see all 51 locations’s statistics and vehicle types).
#10 – 1994 Acura Integra
How Many Stolen: 5,330
Highest Ranking by State: #4 in Washington
The Integra was one of the launch models for Acura in 1986 and was produced by Japanese automobile manufacturer Honda until 2006. Throughout its life, the Integra was highly regarded for its handling and performance.
Each generation of the Integra was derived from the design of the Honda Civic. The Integra featured a larger engine and lower ride height; on the Type-R model, a sunroof and modified GSR engine were standard equipment.
The 1994 model was, and still is, a favorite among thieves, as ninety-six percent of all the Acura Integras stolen in the U.S. were manufactured in 1994.
#9 – 1991 Toyota Camry
How Many Stolen: 5,345
Highest Ranking by State: #4 in California
The 1991 Toyota Camry falls into the V30 model category, which as of September 1991, featured a wider body compared to previous Camry models.
The Toyota Camry has definitely left an impression, even on thieves; as a whole, 14,791 Toyota Camrys were stolen in the U.S. in 2015.
#8 – 2000 Honda Civic
How Many Stolen: 5,771
Highest Ranking by State: #1 in Massachusetts
The Honda Civic is a line of small cars manufactured by Honda. The 2000 model is considered to be the last in the line of the sixth generation of Honda Civics.
The sixth-generation Civics featured updated styling for the interior and exterior.
The Civic is popular as a platform for modification and customization by the enthusiast community. Starting with the fourth generation and continuing through the 2000 model year, Civics had front double wishbone suspension and rear semi-trailing arm suspension.
Considering how easy it is to modify and change parts for the Honda Civic, it makes sense that thieves are also fans of this car. The Honda Civic had the second highest number of thefts in the U.S. at 47,967.
#7 – 2014 Toyota Camry
How Many Stolen: 6,491
Highest Ranking by State: #3 in New York, Maryland, Massachusetts, Alabama, and Rhode Island
There are five states in the U.S. that rank the 2014 Toyota Camry as the third most popular car to steal. Here’s a closer look at each state’s statistics:
- New York – 500
- Maryland – 347
- Massachusetts – 260
- Alabama – 205
- Rhode Island – 69
The 2014 Toyota Camry is an extremely practical vehicle. It delivers solid performance and fuel economy, has a spacious interior, and earns high safety and reliability ratings.
The Toyota Camry won first place for the Best Midsize Car for the Money in 2014. The car’s original MSRP was $22,425 to $30,705; today people pay anywhere from $15,766 to $21,206 for the 2014 model. In 2015, the 2014 model accounted for 44 percent of all the Toyota Camry’s stolen in the U.S. (14,791 total).
#6 – 2006 Chevrolet Pickup (Full Size)
How Many Stolen: 7,579
Highest Ranking by State: #1 in Louisiana
The full-size Chevrolet Pickups from 1999-2007 came in two different models: the Silverado and the Sierra. In 2000, heavy duty pickups were introduced, and from 2002 on, all Chevrolet pickups had a slight design change and an upgrade to the audio and HVAC controls.
Chevrolet Pickup trucks won the Primm 300 off-road race in 2004, 2005, and 2006.
It makes sense that a pickup truck is the most stolen vehicle in Louisiana. According to a Census Bureau survey in 1997, Louisiana had about one pickup truck for every six people.
While the data from 1997 is undoubtedly outdated, considering that the Ford F-150 is considered the most popular car in Louisiana in 2017, the popularity of pickup trucks in Louisianna doesn’t seem to be changing much.
Full-size pickup trucks make up four out of the 10 most stolen vehicles in Louisiana:
- 2006 Chevrolet Pickup (Full Size) – 1st place; 671 stolen
- 2006 Ford Pickup (Full Size) – 2nd place; 584 stolen
- 2006 GMC Pickup (Full Size) – 3rd place; 253 stolen
- 2003 Dodge Pickup (Full Size) – 5th place; 222 stolen
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#5 – 2004 Chevrolet Pickup (Full Size)
How Many Stolen: 8,090
Highest Ranking by State: #1 in Arkansas
The 2004 Chevrolet Pickup and the 2006 Chevrolet Pickup have specs that are extremely similar. The biggest difference is that the 2004 Chevrolet Pickup (Full-Size) displayed a closer resemblance to the company’s Avalanche and TrailBlazer sport utility vehicles.
Pickup Trucks and the South typically go hand-in-hand, so it makes sense that the 2004 Chevrolet Pickup is a favorite among thieves in Arkansas, where 402 were stolen.
Overall, the Full-Size Chevrolet Pickup had the fourth highest number of thefts across the U.S. at 27,528.
#4 – 1997 Honda Accord
How Many Stolen: 13,174
Highest Ranking by State: #1 in Arizona
The Honda Accord has been one of the best-selling cars in the United States since 1989. For the 1997 model, Honda released the “Special Edition” version of the Accord, with features like:
- Three color options: Heather Mist Metallic, San Marino Red, and Dark Currant Pearl
- Security system with keyless entry
- Single-disc CD player
- Body-colored side molding
- Distinctive alloy wheels
Despite having a security system, the 1997 Honda Accord — with all its special features — is very appealing to thieves. The fifth generation of Honda Accords (1994-1997) is one of the most frequently stolen cars in the U.S.
#3 – 2006 Ford Pickup (Full Size)
How Many Stolen: 20,750
Highest Ranking by State: #1 in Texas
It’s no surprise that the Ford Pickup is #1 for car theft in Texas as the Ford F-150 is also currently the most popular car in Texas. The Ford F-Series has also been the best-selling vehicle in the United States since 1981 and the best-selling pickup since 1977.
The 2006 Full-Size Ford Pickup belongs to the 11th generation of the Ford F-series (2004-2008), which had sharper-edged styling compared to its predecessor along with the stepped driver’s window from the Super Duty trucks.
#2 – 1996 Honda Accord
How Many Stolen: 34,706
Highest Ranking by State: #1 in California
Acclaimed for its handling, the 1996 Accord has been known as one of the best handling Japanese midsize sedans of all time.
The 1996 model also had a “facelift,” implementing rounded bumpers, which gave it an overall softer look.
Across all years, the Honda Accord accounts for 51,875 of the stolen vehicles in the U.S. in 2015. The car took the #1 spot for stolen vehicles in California, where 28,345 were stolen.
#1 – 1998 Honda Civic
How Many Stolen: 40,012
Highest Ranking by State: #1 in Minnesota
Yet again, a sixth generation Honda Civic (1996-2000) wound up on the Top 10 Most Stolen list. And this time it’s at the very top!
The Honda Civic ranked #2 for the highest number of thefts, with 47,967 stolen in the U.S. The 1998 Civic accounted for 84 percent of all the Honda Civics that were stolen in the U.S.
The Honda Civic has always been a top seller, with 7.3 million bought in the United States as of 2015. Due to its low price and small size, it is also the most popular car among Millennial car shoppers.
So, if you are the proud owner of a Honda Civic (more specifically the 1998 model), keep an eye out for thieves and do your best to keep your car from being stolen.
10 States With the Lowest Vehicle Theft Rates Per 100,000 Residents
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10 States With the Highest Vehicle Theft Rates Per 100,000 Residents
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Not What You’d Expect
Of the 10 cars on our list, Honda occupied half of the spots:
- 1998 Honda Civic
- 1996 Honda Accord
- 1997 Honda Accord
- 2000 Honda Civic
- 1994 Acura Integra (produced by Honda)
Part of the issue, as reported by Esurance, is that Honda’s ignitions are similar making creating a master key for several years of older Hondas easier than other models. Toyota made the list twice (both models were Camrys – 1991 and 2014).
Last, the final three types of stolen vehicles were pickup trucks:
- 2006 Ford Pickup (Full Size)
- 2004 Chevrolet Pickup (Full Size)
- 2006 Chevrolet Pickup (Full Size)
These may not be the type of vehicle you’d think a thief would steal, but if you drive one of these cars, you should know the facts. It’s also worth noting that only one of these cars was newer than 10 years old. Thieves preferring older cars is a trend that continued from last year’s study as well.
Understanding these trends should make drivers of these vehicles consider how to protect their vehicles. Even just applying a few common sense tips from below could prevent your vehicle from theft.
Protecting Your Investments
You cannot become complacent when it comes to the safety of your cars. Instead, you need to take the necessary precautions to safeguard your vehicles against theft.
- Anti-theft Devices – When it comes to your car’s safety, anti-theft devices are far and away the best option.
- Have the Right Coverage – And it’s never a bad idea to consider adding comprehensive coverage to your car insurance policy to protect yourself financially if your car were ever stolen. You can start your research by entering your zip code below.
- Use Your Garage – Don’t leave your car on the street if you have a garage. Especially if you will be out of town, an unmoved vehicle is low-hanging fruit for thieves. Park it in a well-lit spot if you don’t have a garage.
- Don’t Leave Valuables in Your Vehicle – That means taking out wallets, purses, store bags, and keys. Last, don’t have your registration in the obvious place — the glove box. Having it secured somewhere less obvious could prevent a thief from getting off if they’re stopped before you report the vehicle missing.
- Lock Your Doors and Close All Windows – Sometimes common sense is the best preventative measure. Don’t leave your door unlocked or windows open. You’ll encourage thieves and may cause yourself unnecessary trouble when filing a police report and/or insurance claim.
- Care About Your Vehicle – Keep it washed and clean. Invest in an alarm. Even having an alarm sticker on your car, could make a thief think twice. They want to steal the vehicle that will give them the least amount of issues. A car that’s cared for means an owner who cares.