Best Most Popular Cars for Theives in the U.S.

Some of the most popular cars for owners are also for thieves teh Honda Civic the most popular car for thieves with the year 2000 models the most popular. According to the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) the next most popular models for thieves are:

  1. Honda Civic
  2. Honda Accord
  3. Ford Pickup (Full)
  4. Chevy Pickup (Full)
  5. Toyota Camry
  6. Nissan Altima
  7. Toyota Corolla
  8. GMC Pickup (Full)
  9. Dodge Pickup (Full)
  10. Jeep Cherokee/Grand Cherokee

In 2018, a total of 748,841 vehicles were stolen,  a 3% decline. A vehicle was stolen every 42.2 seconds in the U.S. resulting in a $6.3 Billion dollar loss.

NICB recommends that drivers follow our four “layers of protection” to guard against vehicle theft:

Common Sense — the common sense approach to protection is the easiest and most cost-effective way to thwart would-be thieves. You should always:

  • Remove your keys from the ignition
  • Lock your doors/close your windows
  • Park in a well-lit area

Warning Device — the second layer of protection is a visible or audible device which alerts thieves that your vehicle is protected. Popular devices include:

  • Audible alarms
  • Steering column collars
  • Steering wheel/brake pedal lock
  • Brake locks
  • Wheel locks
  • Theft deterrent decals
  • Identification markers in or on vehicle
  • VIN etching
  • Micro dot marking

Immobilizing Device — the third layer of protection is a device which prevents thieves from bypassing your ignition and hot-wiring the vehicle. Some electronic devices have computer chips in ignition keys. Other devices inhibit the flow of electricity or fuel to the engine until a hidden switch or button is activated. Some examples are:

  • Smart keys
  • Fuse cut-offs
  • Kill switches
  • Starter, ignition, and fuel pump disablers
  • Wireless ignition authentication

Tracking Device — the final layer of protection is a tracking device which emits a signal to police or a monitoring station when the vehicle is stolen. Tracking devices are very effective in helping authorities recover stolen vehicles. Some systems employ “telematics” which combine GPS and wireless technologies to allow remote monitoring of a vehicle. If the vehicle is moved, the system will alert the owner and the vehicle can be tracked via computer.