2010-03-24
Frequently Stolen Vehicles

NICB

Contrary to what would pass as conventional wisdom, the cars that most often are the target of thieves aren't the most expensive or fanciest. According to the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB), which compiles information gathered by the FBI, the most oft-stolen cars in 2008 were as follows:


  • 1994 Honda Accord
  • 1995 Honda Civic
  • 1989 Toyota Camry
  • 1997 Ford F150 Series
  • 2004 Dodge Ram Pickup
  • 2000 Dodge Caravan
  • 1996 Jeep Cherokee/Grand Cherokee
  • 1994 Acura Integra
  • 1999 Ford Taurus
  • 2002 Ford Explorer



These cars are frequently targeted by thieves because of their value for harvesting parts. The NICB maintains a comprehensive state-by-state list on their website of the most oft-targeted vehicles. Their website also includes valuable information on top-stolen vehicles by model, year, and color as well as a state-by-state list of the top-25 stolen vehicles.


IIHS-HLDI

According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and Highway Loss Data Institute (IIHS-HLDI), which compiles its figures based on number of claims filed for every 1000 vehicles insured, the most frequently stolen vehicles in 2008 are as follows:

  • 2005-2007 Honda S2000
  • 2005-2007 Dodge Durango
  • 2005-2007 Hummer H2
  • 2005-2007 Dodge Magnum
  • 2005-2007 Hummer H2 SUT
  • 2005-2007 Ford F-350 SuperCrew
  • 2006-2007 Dodge Charger
  • 2007 Cadillac Escalade
  • 2005-2007 Ford F-250 SuperCrew
  • 2007 Cadillac Escalade ESV

It's important to note that these are overall figures and may not necessarily reflect your state, rather they convey an overall trend.


Car Theft and Insurance

Auto Insurance companies base their comprehensive coverage on several factors of which loss by theft is a major category. Commonly-stolen vehicles will typically see higher insurance premiums unless you take proactive steps to defray them with theft-deterrence.

For more information on how to lower your insurance premiums, see our article. Picking an Insurance-Friendly Car.


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