Top 10 Most Stolen Vehicles in the United States (2018 Update)
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- Nearly half of all car robberies are made possible by owner carelessness
- In 2016 about $5.9 billion was lost due to motor vehicle theft in the U.S.
- The average amount of money that was lost per theft in 2016 was $7,680
- July and August are the two months of the year with the most vehicle thefts
- Nearly 45 percent of all stolen vehicles are never returned to their owners
- Of the 765,484 cars stolen in 2016, 98,666 were Honda Accords and Civics
- 2014 – 686,803
- 2015 – 713,063
- 2016 – 765,484
According to the Insurance Information Institute, “In addition, preliminary data from the FBI show that in the first half of 2017, vehicle thefts increased by another 4.1 percent.”
Not worried about it? Feel like you have the Fort Knox of cars? You’re not alone. 58 percent of Americans rarely or never worry that their car will be stolen or broken into according to a poll by Gallop.
Maybe that false sense of security is what makes us easy targets. Thieves know how to manipulate your safety technology to help them steal your car.
The features that make our lives easier, including remote unlocking and push-to-start, have plenty of security gaps, and those $2,000 headlights are worth the effort.
People have been stealing cars since 1896, and HowStuffWorks describes why this problem isn’t going away anytime soon: “From that early era to today, cars have been a natural target for thieves: They are valuable, reasonably easy to resell and they have a built-in getaway system.”
With cars being broken into every 20 seconds in the United States, it’s time you ask yourself: “How easily can my car be stolen?”
Here’s what we cover:
- Stolen Vehicles in America Visualized
- Historical Trends for Stolen Vehicles by Year
- 10 Most Stolen Vehicles in America (Visual)
- Most Vehicles Stolen Year Over Year
- Top Vehicle Stolen in Every State
- Previous Rankings for this Study
- Interactive Graphics (New Page)
- The 10 Most Stolen Vehicles in the United States
- 4 Shocking Highlights and Trends
- Protect Your Investment!
- Media Inquiries About Our Study
If you’ve been wondering how does car insurance work if your car is stolen, check this out.
Stolen Vehicles in America Visualized
Nothing is more frustrating then when something you’ve purchased is stolen by someone else. While car thefts rates are down, there’s still more work to do. Check out the historical trends, most stolen cars by state, and other data visualized for your convenience.
– Historical Trends for Stolen Vehicles by Year
– 10 Most Stolen Vehicles in America (2018 Study Results)
You won’t want to miss our analysis of what makes each vehicle vulnerable to theft below.
– Most Vehicles Stolen Year Over Year
– Top Vehicle Stolen in Every State
|Alabama||Chevrolet Pickup (Full Size)||2004||623|
|Alaska||Chevrolet Pickup (Full Size)||1999||259|
|Arkansas||Chevrolet Pickup (Full Size)||1994||534|
|District of Columbia||Honda Accord||1994||159|
|Florida||Ford Pickup (Full Size)||2006||2,211|
|Georgia||Ford Pickup (Full Size)||2004||1,055|
|Idaho||Ford Pickup (Full Size)||2000||110|
|Indiana||Ford Pickup (Full Size)||1999||719|
|Iowa||Chevrolet Pickup (Full Size)||2005||265|
|Kansas||Chevrolet Pickup (Full Size)||2000||499|
|Kentucky||Ford Pickup (Full Size)||1997||360|
|Louisiana||Chevrolet Pickup (Full Size)||2006||651|
|Maine||Chevrolet Pickup (Full Size)||2002||29|
|Mississippi||Chevrolet Pickup (Full Size)||2005||324|
|Missouri||Ford Pickup (Full Size)||2004||1,029|
|Montana||Chevrolet Pickup (Full Size)||2006||187|
|Nebraska||Chevrolet Pickup (Full Size)||2000||280|
|New Hampshire||Honda Accord||2012||25|
|New Jersey||Honda Accord||1996||692|
|New Mexico||Ford Pickup (Full Size)||2004||1,190|
|New York||Honda Accord||1997||617|
|North Carolina||Honda Accord||1997||703|
|North Dakota||Chevrolet Pickup (Full Size)||1999||136|
|Oklahoma||Chevrolet Pickup (Full Size)||1994||1,189|
|Rhode Island||Toyota Camry||1997||96|
|South Carolina||Ford Pickup (Full Size)||2006||685|
|South Dakota||Chevrolet Pickup (Full Size)||2001||91|
|Tennessee||Chevrolet Pickup (Full Size)||1999||690|
|Texas||Ford Pickup (Full Size)||2006||7,333|
|Vermont||Chevrolet Pickup (Full Size)||2003||10|
|Vermont||Ford Pickup (Full Size)||2002||10|
|West Virginia||Ford Pickup (Full Size)||2003||105|
|Wyoming||Chevrolet Pickup (Full Size)||2001||55|
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– Previous Rankings for this Study
- The 10 Most Stolen Vehicles in the U.S 2017
- The Most Stolen Vehicles in America 2016
Keep reading to get into the nitty gritty of protecting your vehicles….
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The 10 Most Stolen Vehicles in the United States
The FBI (Federal Bureau of Investigation) and NICB (National Insurance Crime Bureau) recently released detailed reports on all of the motor vehicle robberies that took place in 2016.
Using those final results, our researchers were able to determine not only which vehicles were stolen the most often in our country, but where those car thefts occur. Click here for our detailed methodology.
Read on to determine just how likely it is that your car will stay where you leave it next time.
#10 – 1991 Toyota Camry
Total Number Stolen: 6,412
Highest Ranking: 4th in California
In 2016, 5,196, Toyota Camrys (1991) were stolen in California — that’s 81 percent of all the stolen 1991 Camrys in the country!
Here’s how the Toyota Camry has ranked in our three top stolen car studies:
- 2016 – 5th with 14,605 stolen
- 2017 – 9th with 14,791 stolen
- 2018 – 10th with 16,395 stolen
It’s no surprise the above stolen Camry car chase took place in Cali.
The Camry may have a better ranking in this year’s study, but don’t be fooled!
There were 1,604 more Camrys stolen in 2016 than the year prior—that’s an over ten percent increase!
The Camry, specifically the ’91, has been a long-time favorite for thieves. Even in 2001, the 1991 Toyota Camry was on a five-year streak for being at the top of “the target list of auto thieves” according to the Insurance Journal.
#9 – 2000 Honda Civic
Total Number Stolen: 6,864
Highest Ranking: 1st in Connecticut & Hawaii
The 2000 Civic was the number one stolen vehicle in not just one but two states, and it was a top-five stolen car in nine states! Here’s the breakdown:
- Connecticut – 1st with 573 stolen
- Florida – 4th with 1,109 stolen
- Hawaii – 1st with 368 stolen
- Illinois – 3rd with 529 stolen
- Maryland – 4th with 309 stolen
- New Jersey – 2nd with 671 stolen
- Pennsylvania – 2nd with 500 stolen
- Texas – 5th with 1,384 stolen
- Wisconsin – 2nd with 404 stolen
Below you can watch a thief in action as he steals a 2000 Honda Civic right from someone’s driveway. The entire robbery is caught in vivid detail by the owner’s garage camera:
Since we began this study three years ago, the Civic has consistently been the second most stolen car in America, just under the Accord.
In the U.S. alone there were 42,673 Civics stolen in 2014, 47,976 in 2015, and 48,411 in 2016.
#8 – 2004 Ford Pickup (Full Size)
Total Number Stolen: 7,720
Highest Ranking: 1st in Georgia, Missouri & New Mexico
The Ford Pickup truck has been a favorite among thieves for awhile now. Here’s how it ranked and how many were stolen in the U.S. in our three studies:
- 2016 – 3rd with 26,680 stolen
- 2017 – 3rd with 29,094 stolen
- 2018 – 8th with 31,927 stolen
As you can see with the historical stats above, this is not a new problem, and it’s only getting worse each year.
The 2004 full-sized Ford Pickup was the number one stolen vehicle in Georgia, Missouri, and New Mexico with a total of 3,274 of them stolen in those three states in 2016.
Fox 4 released a video showing why thieves are targeting Ford trucks:
“Most crooks who have any mechanical sense whatsoever can get right into this thing and actually drive off with it within the first 30 seconds” explained Sergeant Jason Parks of the Lee County Sheriff’s Office.
30 seconds is not a long time for your $12,000 investment (and mode of transportation!) to go driving off for you to never see again.
#7 – 2004 Chevrolet Pickup (Full Size)
Total Number Stolen: 7,981
Highest Ranking: 1st in Alabama
This is the third year in-a-row that full-sized Chevy Pickup trucks have been a top ten most stolen vehicle in America.
A thief driving off with your vehicle isn’t all you have to worry about nowadays.Many victims have woken up to their Chevy truck wheel-less sitting on cinder blocks.
The couple in this Fox 4 news report had their truck’s windows smashed, gun stolen from the glove box, and Chevy wheels all taken from their driveway.
The victim expressed how creepy it was to wake up to that sight: “It’s scary to see this huge, heavy car on these tiny little bricks….they were so sly that they could just do this right under our noses.”
Even car dealerships have to worry about these thieves. The below Fox news report shows a dealership having 20 Chevys’ wheels and tires stolen overnight.
What’s crazy is that this dealership was located directly between the sheriff’s office and the police department in Seguin, Texas.
Again we see a false sense of security putting car owners (even car dealership owners) at risk!