A study appropriately named Hot Wheels by the National Insurance Crime Bureau has revealed the 10 vehicles most often reported stolen in 2010.
The most stolen vehicles in the nation were:
- 1994 Honda Accord
- 1995 Honda Civic
- 1991 Toyota Camry
- 1999 Chevrolet Pickup (Full Size)
- 1997 Ford F150 Series/Pickup
- 2004 Dodge Ram
- 2000 Dodge Caravan
- 1994 Acura Integra
- 2002 Ford Explorer
- 1999 Ford Taurus
Personally, I thought some of these choices were quite curious given the age of some of the vehicles, until I read that certain models of older cars and trucks are popular with thieves because of their value of their parts. Many such older cars and trucks however, are not insured against theft. Another factor is that older models are not usually equipped with the same level of security as newer vehicles.
Newer, more expensive vehicles are more often stolen to be resold intact with falsified VIN numbers fashioned onto them, or sometimes, shipped out of the country.
The study goes on to say that vehicle theft is actually on the decline. 2010 crime statistics gathered by the FBI indicate a 7.2% reduction over thefts reported in 2009. Should these statistics not alter when the final report is published by the FBI later this year, 2010 will mark the fewest vehicle thefts since 1967.