Gayle Anderson was live in Vernon talking about the ten most popular vehicles thieves love to steal.
Gayle Anderson was live in Vernon for most popular vehicles and the ones thieves love to steal.
The National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) has released its 2012 Hot Wheels report, a list of the 10 most stolen vehicles in the United States based on vehicle theft data submitted by law enforcement to the National Crime Information Center (NCIC) in 2012. In previous reports, rankings were determined based on the most stolen model year vehicle within each vehicle make and model so that only one make/model/year would appear on the top 10 list, even if other model years of the same vehicle would have earned a position on the list. This was done to offer a more varied list with significant theft numbers than to focus on just one or two makes year after year.
According to the NICB, the most stolen vehicles in the United States in 2012 are:
|1. Honda Accord||58,596|
|2. Honda Civic||47,037|
|3. Ford Pickup (Full Size)||26,770|
|4. Chevrolet Pickup (Full Size)||23,745|
|5. Toyota Camry||16, 251|
|6. Dodge Caravan||11,799|
|7. Dodge Pickup||11,755|
|8. Acura Integra||9,555|
|9. Nissan Altima||9,169|
|10. Nissan Maxima||6,947|
In addition, the Hot Wheels report features a list of the top 25 model year 2012 vehicles that were stolen most during the 2012 calendar year. The top 10 on this list are:
1. Nissan Altima 921
2. Chevrolet Impala 778
3. Chevrolet Malibu 727
4. Toyota Camry 665
5. Ford Fusion 655
6. Ford Pickup (Full Size) 595
7. Ford Focus 523
8. Chrysler 200 449
9. Dodge Charger 416
10. Dodge Avenger 412
For a complete list of the top 25 most stolen 2012 model vehicles in 2012, click HERE.
Did you know? California tops the list as the state with the most stolen vehicles based on the NHTSA’s 2010 CY/MY data. For a list of the 10 U.S. states with the most stolen vehicles, click HERE.
The types of vehicles stolen also vary by state. According to the Hot Wheels report, the top 10 vehicles most stolen in 2012 in the state of California were:
1. 1994 Honda Accord
2. 1998 Honda Civic
3. 1991 Toyota Camry
4. 1994 Acura Integra
5. 2004 Chevrolet Pickup (Full Size)
6. 2006 Ford Pickup (Full Size)
7. 1994 Nissan Sentra
8. 2010 Toyota Corolla
9. 1997 Nissan Altima
10. 1988 Toyota Pickup 4×2
For information about the most stolen vehicles in other states, click HERE.
Each year, the NICB reviews all NCIC vehicle theft records to produce its national and state lists of the 10 most stolen vehicles. Hot Wheels is the only report that examines all theft data without regard to a vehicle’s insurance status. If a vehicle is reported stolen to law enforcement, it is captured in this report.
Headquartered in Des Plaines, Illinois, the NCIB is the nation’s leading not-for-profit organization exclusively dedicated to preventing, detecting and defeating insurance fraud and vehicle theft through data analytics, investigations, training, legislative advocacy and public awareness. For more information, visit NCIB.
A recent insurance theft claims report by the Highway Loss Data Institute (HDLI) was widely misreported as a vehicle theft analysis. This report showed that pickups and SUVs had some of the highest theft rates for the years 2010-12. However, the HDLI report examined data on vehicles associated with a theft claim, not just thefts of entire vehicles. According to the HLDI report as noted by Consumer Reports, the Ford F-250 has a claim frequency that is nearly six times the average of all vehicles. These pickup rankings are raised by the possible theft of equipment from the truck bed, not just the whole vehicle. Additional theft deterrents such as ignition immobilizers and steering column lock features have helped drop the average loss payment of the F-250 and Cadillac Escalade in recent years. The results of the HDLI report can be found HERE.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), a motor vehicle is stolen every 44 seconds in the United States. Nearly 74% of all motor vehicles reported stolen are passenger cars and only 52% of vehicles reported as stolen are recovered. Theft rate data from the NHTSA shows that 10,568 model year 2010 vehicles were stolen out of the 9,001,856 model year 2010 vehicles produced in 2010. Of those stolen, 8,736 were passenger cars, 1,689 were multipurpose passenger vehicles and 143 were light-duty trucks. For more on NHTSA’s final theft rate data, visit the NHTSA.
Nearly half of vehicle theft is due to driver error like leaving vehicles unlocked and leaving keys in the ignition or on the seats. Parking your car at your home does not mean it’s safer than in a parking lot garage, on a road or in an alley. FBI reports show that more than three out of four vehicles are stolen at these locations, and more than one-half of thefts occur in areas where vehicles are parked without attendants.
The NHTSA offers the following suggestions for vehicle theft prevention:
- Always take your key, don’t leave it in or on your vehicle.
- Always close and lock all windows and doors when you park.
- Park in well-lit areas.
- Always keep your vehicle in your garage, if possible.
- Never, ever leave valuables in your vehicle, especially where they can be seen.
- Never, ever leave the area while your vehicle is running.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration was established by the Highway Safety Act of 1970 and is dedicated to achieving the highest standards of excellence in motor vehicle and highway safety. It works daily to help prevent crashes and their attendant costs, both human and financial. For more information, visit the NHTSA.
Also, Bankrate reports, while the number of stolen cars is declining, largely due to an increased number of vehicles with ignition immobilizers that prevent hot wiring, car thieves target large pickups and sport utility vehicles more frequently than other car types, since fewer of these cars have immobilizers.
Here are 10 most commonly stolen pickups and SUVs, according to the Highway Loss Data Institute’s latest study of 2010 to 2012 model-year vehicles. The institute’s data differ from other rankings because they are based on the number of insured cars versus the most frequently stolen vehicles.
Is your vehicle on this list? Click HERE.
Hot Wheels 2012 Report
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