Two models from this automaker contribute 42 percent of all top 10 thefts.
Ask anyone to try and guess the automaker that builds the two most stolen cars in America and the answer is likely to be something high end, a Mercedes or BMW perhaps. After all, they’re more desirable than a run of the mill Toyota Camry or Honda Accord, but as it turns out, the latter of those two cars topped the National Insurance Crime Bureau’s (NICB) annual Hot Wheels report as the nation’s most popular car for thieves, with 50,427 of them stolen in 2016.
The former of the two, the Toyota Camry, came in fifth place with 16,732 cars stolen and was preceded by the Chevrolet Silverado in fourth place with 31,238 trucks stolen, the Ford F-Series in third with 32,7221 units stolen, and the Civic in second with 49,547 of the entry level Hondas stolen. Further on down the line the trend continues with the most popular brands of cars to steal being split between American and Japanese automakers. In sixth place is the Nissan Altima with 12,221 owners reporting their cars going missing, the Dodge Ram coming in seventh after 12,128 were reported stolen, the Toyota Corolla stealing eighth with 11,989 cars stolen, and the fleet vehicle favorite, the Chevy Impala, seeing 9,749 copies stolen for a ninth place grab.
With 9,245 Cherokees and Grand Cherokees being abducted in 2016, the Jeep ends the list with a tenth place spot. Number nerds accustomed to digging through data will know that these numbers don’t indicate much of a new trend, and that’s true for the most part until you consider the year of the models stolen. Most thefts involving the Civic and Accord took place on models built in 1998 and 1997 respectively. Only 493 of the 2016 model year Accords were stolen last year, suggesting that Honda’s implementation of smart key technology is having some effect. While smart key technology isn't foolproof, it has reduced the overall numbers of theft, but paradoxically smart keys are also the way many new cars are stolen.
According to the NICB, thefts in 2016, which have been on the rise since 2014, are due to owners leaving the smart key fobs inside their vehicles or forgetting to lock their cars altogether. If you value your ride, stay on your toes and remember the obvious steps you can take to prevent car theft.