Car thieves definitely have their eyes set on a few particular types of vehicles to steal, and they’re not the flashy sports or luxury sedans you'd expect. According to a report from the National Insurance Crime Bureau's latest "Hot Wheels" report, it reveals that car thieves’ favorite vehicles to nab are Ford full-sized pickups. These are the stats that reflect the most stolen vehicles in 2019. It will be interesting to see what the favorites will have been for 2020.
Vehicles topping the list for car thieves in 2019
The National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) recently released their list of the top most stolen cars in the U.S. annually.
New and Used Vehicles Stolen in 2019
According to the 2019 “Hot Wheels” list compiled October 13th, 2020, the top ten most new and used stolen cars are as follows:
You can see the 2019 Hot Wheels stolen cars U.S.A. map here.
NICB reports that “While the Ford full size pickup models are a treasured target by thieves, the 2000 Honda Civic had the most thefts by model year in 2019 followed by the 1997 Honda Accord.”
In 2019, there were 4,731 - 2000' Honda Civics stolen compared with 2018 which had 5,290 - 2000' model Civics stolen. Put another way, 2019 saw a decrease in in 2000' Honda Civic Vehicle thefts.
However in 2019 there were 3,061 - 2006' Ford Pickups (full size) stolen which compared to 2018 is an increase of 2,044 additional thefts, surpassing the 2018 number of 1,017.
Wisconsin on the other hand saw 2,657 vehicle thefts in 2019 which is a drastic decrease from the year prior of 2018 which saw 8,304 vehicle thefts.
According to Insurance.com in an article posted on 11/26/2019, the most common Vehicle stolen in Wisconsin is a 2003 Dodge Caravan.
Here is a list of the 10 most common vehicles stolen in Wisconsin:
How to guard against your car being purloined
Even with more advanced anti-theft technology, more cars than ever are being stolen. The NCIB recommends four layers of protection to prevent your car from being stolen.
Common Sense: Lock your car and take your keys. It’s simple enough, but many thefts occur because owners make it easy for thieves to steal their cars.
Warning Device: Having and using a visible or audible warning device is another item that can ensure that your car remains where you left it.
Immobilizing Device: Generally speaking, if your vehicle can’t be started, it can’t be stolen. “Kill” switches, fuel cut-offs and smart keys are among the devices that are extremely effective.
Tracking Device: A tracking device emits a signal to the police or to a monitoring station when the vehicle is stolen. Tracking devices are very effective in helping authorities recover stolen vehicles. Some systems employ “telematics,” which combine GPS and wireless technologies to allow remote monitoring of a vehicle. If the vehicle is moved, the system will alert the owner and the vehicle can be tracked via computer.
Source: The National Insurance Crime Bureau
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