Top most stolen cars
Does yours make the list?
The National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) recently released their annual “Hot Wheels” report. It identifies the 10 most stolen vehicles in the United Sates.
Here are the top 10 most stolen vehicles in the U.S. in 2016, (the model year most stolen is in parentheses).
- Honda Accord (1997)
- Honda Civic (1998)
- Ford Pickup, full size (2006)
- Chevrolet Pickup, full size (2004)
- Toyota Camry (2016)
- Nissan Altima (2015)
- Dodge Pickup, full size (2001)
- Toyota Corolla (2015)
- Chevrolet Impala (2008)
- Jeep Cherokee/Grand Cherokee (2000)
Honda Accords and Honda Civics make-up 42 percent of all top 10 thefts. These are mainly older, pre-“smart key” models. Honda has also equipped their more recent models with other anti-theft technology, greatly reducing the number of newer Civics and Accords from being stolen. Consequently, car thefts in general are down since their all-time high in 1992.
Surprisingly, the report reveals thousands of cars are stolen every year for a rather careless reason, because owners leave their keys or fobs in the vehicle. “Most vehicles are stolen from driveway’s,” says Buck with GreatFlorida Insurance, Florida’s top independent car insurance provider.
The Polk County Sheriff’s Office provides the following tips to keep your vehicle from being taken.
Never leave your car running while unattended, even for a couple of minutes.
Always lock your car and take your keys with you.
Close your windows and sunroof completely.
Do not keep an extra set of keys in a “hiding place.”
When possible park your car in a locked garage or well-lit area.
When selling a car, never let a stranger take it for a test-drive
Drop your business card or a return address label down into window channels for later identification.
Florida law requires that you have your license and registration with you in your vehicle, make a copy for you and other drivers and keep it in your wallet instead of your glove box. Some people who have their cars stolen also become victims of residential burglaries.
If your car is stolen, do not panic. Call your local law enforcement agency and your insurance agent. GreatFlorida Insurance can handle all your car insurance needs from the basics to full replacement costs.