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NICB releases latest list of most stolen automobiles in the U.S.

By Ryan Hurlbert on January 25th, 2011

NICB releases latest list of most stolen automobiles in the U.S.

The National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) released its annual report on auto theft. The NICB keeps track of the top-ten most stolen autos on their annual "Hot Wheels" list.

For 2009, the Hot Wheels winners are:

  1. 1994 Honda Accord
  2. 1995 Honda Civic
  3. 1991 Toyota Camry
  4. 1997 Ford F-150 Pickup
  5. 2004 Dodge Ram Pickup
  6. 2000 Dodge Caravan
  7. 1994 Chevrolet Pickup (Full Size)
  8. 1994 Acura Integra
  9. 2002 Ford Explorer
  10. 2009 Toyota Corolla

 

Lists like this can be a little confusing. If your car is not on it, do you still need to worry about auto theft? If your car is on the list, should you sell it? The majority of these cars are older, so are you safe with a newer car?

According to the NICB, older vehicles are often stolen because of the value of their parts; however, newer cars are targeted to be re-sold, intact, with counterfeit vehicle identification numbers (both domestically and overseas).

How to protect your car

If your car is on the list, there is no need to panic. However, you should take precautions to thwart thieves. If your car is not on the list, you should still take steps to protect your car because someone out there may still want the fender or hood from your vehicle. While "drive off" thefts are harder in a new car, remember that any car can be towed.

Whatever you drive, here are three simple steps that may help you protect your car from theft:

  1. Use common sense. Don't leave the keys in the car or the doors unlocked, even for a few minutes. Park in well-lit areas, take your keys and lock your doors.
  2. Consider alarms or immobilizers. An audible alarm can alert you to an attempted theft, and an immobilizing device can stop a theft in progress.
  3. Install a tracking device. In the event of theft, a GPS-based system or LoJack can help police recover your car quickly and before it is damaged.

Auto insurance considerations

Auto theft is covered by your comprehensive or "other than collision" coverage on your car insurance policy. If you don't have comprehensive coverage, or if your car is worth more than you can afford to walk away from, look into adding comprehensive coverage to your auto insurance policy. It is relatively inexpensive and the only way to protect yourself financially against a theft loss.

Ryan Hurlbert
Ryan Hurlbert lives and works in the Pacific Northwest. As an insurance agent, he produced and presented educational seminars on various topics from insurance basics to strategies for dealing with teen drivers. He has researched and produced marketing materials in the insurance, auto, and financial industries. Ryan majored in business and received his Bachelor of Science degree from Portland State University.
Source :
Hot Wheels Report • Sep 20, 2010 • http://www.nicb.org/newsroom/news-releases/hot-wheels-2010
Naila Moreira • Police describe prolific car thief with a photographic memory • Feb 23, 2007 • http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/localnews/2003585172_carthefts23m.html
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