We all know that car alarms are at best annoying and at worst, useless. Who pays attention anymore?
But which car you own may make the difference between it being stolen or safe, according to the National Insurance Crime Bureau, or the NICB. They released their annual Hot Wheels report, which is not about those little cars you step on in the night when your son leaves them on the floor, but identifies the most stolen vehicles in the United States based on vehicle theft data acquired from the National Crime Information Center (NCIC).
Which cars top the list? This year it’s Hondas over 10 years old and even older Ford and Chevrolet pick-up trucks. And why do they top this list? Because these models, especially the Honda Accords and Civics, were built prior to the introduction of anti-theft technology. That vulnerability dominated the content of the NICB report.
So maybe the recent anti-theft protections, like car alarms, aren’t as annoying or useless as we thought?
According to the NICB report, the data demonstrates how effective anti-theft technology is, and continues to be. A total of (6,707) 1998 Honda Civics were stolen in 2017 compared with just (388) 2017 Civics, stated the report. In other words, (17) 1998 Civics were stolen last year for every one 2017 model.
But it’s not just the lack of technology that creates theft opportunities, it’s the lack of brain power. The report states that thousands of vehicles are stolen every year due to owners leaving their keys or fobs in the vehicles.
For 2017, the most stolen vehicles in the nation were:
|Rank||Make/Model||Model year most stolen /
|Total model thefts|
|1||Honda Civic||1998 (6,707)||45,062|
|2||Honda Accord||1997 (6,301)||43,764|
|3||Ford Pickup (Full Size)||2006 (3,151)||35,105|
|4||Chevrolet Pickup (Full Size)||2004 (1,970)||30,058|
|5||Toyota Camry||2017 (1,100)||17,278|
|6||Nissan Altima||2016 (1,450)||13,358|
|7||Toyota Corolla||2016 (1,012)||12,337|
|8||Dodge Pickup (Full Size)||2001 (1,242)||12,004|
|9||GMC Pickup (Full Size)||2017 (957)||10,865|
|10||Chevrolet Impala||2008 (991)||9,487|
The following are the top 10, 2017 model year vehicles stolen during calendar year 2017:
|3||GMC Pickup (Full Size)||957|
|6||Ford Pickup (Full Size)||842|
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