NU Online News Service, Aug. 2, 10:46 a.m. EST
The National Insurance Crime Bureau today released Hot Wheels—its list of the 10 most stolen vehicles in the United States.
NICB data shows another Honda product, the 1995 Honda Civic, was the second most-stolen car in 2010. The top two positions continue to be held by Honda, a trend that has been consistent since 2000. Overall, the NICB says vehicle thefts are continuing to decline, though.
The 1991 Toyota Camry ranks third on the NICB’s list of most stolen cars. Certain models of older cars and trucks are popular with thieves because of the value of their parts—but many are not insured against theft.
The first American vehicle to show up on the NICB’s most stolen-car list is the 1999 Chevrolet Silverado Pickup (Full Size). As you will see further in the list, nationally—and for the first time since 2002—thieves preferred to steal domestic makes over foreign brands in 2010.
The 1997 Ford F150 Series/Pickup is the next American-made car to show up on the NICB’s list. Should preliminary numbers hold when the FBI produces its final statistics later this year, 2010 will post the fewest vehicle thefts since 1967.
The sixth most stolen car last year was the 2004 Dodge Ram Pickup. Overall, the NICB says preliminary 2010 FBI crime statistics point to a 7.2 percent reduction over the thefts posted in 2009.
The 2000 Dodge Caravan registered at number seven on the NICB’s national list of most-stolen vehicles (much to the dismay of the puppy in this window that is stuck without a cracked window). Wondering which vehicles are most stolen in your state? Go to www.nicb.org to review their state-by-state lists.
The 1994 Acura Integra made the NICB’s list this year, coming in at number eight. This model also ranked eigth in the NICB's Hot Wheels report last year.
Coming in as the ninth most-stolen car in 2010 was the 2002 Ford Explorer, which also ranked ninth in last year's Hot Wheels report.
Last but not least, the NICB says the 1999 Ford Taurus was the 10th most stolen car in 2010, proving once and for all that car thieves not only make bad decisions, but also have bad taste in cars, too.