Different organisations use slightly different parameters to classify which cars are stolen most. Classified by make and model, statistics are different than by make, model and year of the car stolen. Another parameter used is the per cent of cars produced that were stolen. The National Insurance Crime Bureau and the National Highway Transportation Safety Association compile statistics about stolen cars.
Newer cars are not frequently targeted by thieves. Somewhat older cars are apparently stolen for parts, with mid-range Japanese imports usually topping the list. The National Insurance Crime Board publishes a "top ten" list of the most frequently stolen cars by make, model, and the year they were manufactured. The National Transportation Safety Association publishes data on make and models of cars stolen. Car thefts in the U.S. increased from the 1980s to the 1990s. Theft rates decreased periodically in the first decade of the 21st century. Cars are stolen more than twice as frequently in California than in any other state in the Union.
In 2007, the NCIB compiled this list of the most-stolen cars: 1. 1995 Honda Civic 2. 1991 Honda Accord 3. 1989 Toyota Camry 4. 1997 Ford F-150 5. 1994 Chevy C/K 1500 6. 1994 Acura Integra 7. 2004 Dodge Ram Pickup 8. 1994 Nissan Sentra 9. 1988 Toyota Pickup 10. 2007 Toyota Corolla
In 2008, the NCIB list was slightly different: 1. 1994 Honda Accord 2. 1995 Honda Civic 3. 1989 Toyota Camry 4. 1997 Ford F150 Pickup 5. 2004 Dodge Ram Pickup 6. 2000 Dodge Caravan 7. 1996 Jeep Cherokee/Grand Cherokee 8. 1994 Acura Integra 9. 1999 Ford Taurus 10. 2002 Ford Explorer
It takes a year or more to compile statistics on stolen cars. Approximately one million cars are stolen each year in the United States.
NHTSA Theft Rates
The NHTSA is required to keep statistics on vehicle thefts in the United States. For 2006, they list the most frequently stolen vehicle as the Chevy Impala, with 1,044 thefts reported. However, the car with the greatest chance of being stolen was the Dodge Magnum, with a theft frequency of about 8.75 per thousand. The Impala had a theft frequency of only about 4 per thousand. The NHTSA allows users to search theft rates by calendar year, model year, manufacturer and model of vehicle. For more information on vehicle theft rates, see Resources.
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