It's that time of year again when the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) compiles a list of the most stolen cars in America over the last year. Unfortunately, it's bad news for Ford. For the second year in a row, the Ford F-150 and Super Duty trucks have the dubious honor of being the most stolen cars in America in 2020.
Yes, the most popular vehicle in America also happens to be the most stolen. Last year, 44,014 F-Series trucks were targeted by thieves, a 13 percent increase from 2019. The most stolen F-Series were from the 2006 model year. Considering that Ford has just launched the 14th-generation F-150, this isn't great publicity for the Blue Oval automaker.
Replacing the Civic in second place was the Chevrolet Silverado, with 40,968 examples stolen last year - a huge 25.7 percent jump compared to 2019. The Honda Civic was the third most stolen car (34,144 thefts), followed by the Honda Accord (30,814), Toyota Camry (16,915), Nissan Altima (14,668), GMC Sierra (13,016), Toyota Corolla (12,515), Honda CR-V (12,309), and Dodge Ram (11,991).
"Auto thefts saw a dramatic increase in 2020 versus 2019 in part due to the pandemic, an economic downturn, law enforcement realignment, depleted social and schooling programs, and, in still too many cases, owner complacency," said David Glawe, president, and CEO of the NICB.
"For many people, a car is the second largest investment they will ever make behind a home. No matter what kind of vehicle you have, take steps to protect your investment - lock your car and take your keys."
To reduce the risk of your car being stolen, the NICB recommends using common sense by removing the keys from the ignition, locking doors, closing windows, and parking in a well-lit area. Alarms and steering locks can effectively deter thieves, as can installing a kill switch and vehicle tracker. At least the Dodge Challenger and Charger didn't make the list. The HEMI-powered muscle cars have an unfortunate reputation for being some of the most stolen cars in America, prompting Dodge to install a security system that remotely limits the engine speed to 675 rpm.