The 5 Most Stolen Vehicles in America
According the FBI auto theft has hit a low point in its numbers. In fact, as of 2011 the crime statistics for car thefts were at their lowest rate in more than 40 years. Unfortunately a lower theft rate doesn’t necessarily mean that cars aren’t still being stolen. Especially if you’re the owner of a Honda Civic, Toyota Camry, or a Honda Accord, which all topped the list of most stolen cars in the United States.
There are about 800,000 to one million cars stolen in the United States every year. Most of the same models, like the Civic and the Accord reappear on the list continuously and it’s not just because thieves love the look and handling of these cars. The cars that are stolen the most often are stolen because they’re good for parts. That’s one of the reason’s you don’t see any Land Rovers or BMW’s on “Most Stolen” lists. It’s also much easier to go unnoticed in an early model Accord than it is in a new M3.
Thankfully, new license plate recognition, or LRP, technology is helping law enforcement officials catch more car thieves than ever. Camera’s with the latest LPR technologies are being mounted on low parts of tow trucks and other vehicles and are able to scan up to 28 million plates in a month. Law enforcement also bates thieves with ‘bate cars’ implanted with laptops and other tracking technologies so that officers can track down the bate cars along with the thieves that steal them.
The National Insurance Crime Bureau Hot Wheels Report annually pinpoints the most stolen vehicles in the country based on statistical data submitted by law enforcement to the National Crime Information Center following a vehicle theft. This article gathers data from a 2010 report of the most reported stolen vehicles.
Here are the 5 most stolen vehicles in America:
5. 2004 Dodge Ram Pickup
These pickups are easy for thieves to lift and they come with valuable parts that thieves love to sell for a profit. They especially like to take the wheels and tailgates.
4. 1997 Ford F-150 Pickup
The F-series pickup truck manufactured by Ford is the best-selling and most often stolen truck in America. There’s always a market for F-series parts and that’s a fact thieves just love to take advantage of.
3. 1991 Toyota Camry
The Camry appeals to care thieves because it’s quick and easy to take and the parts don’t change too much from year to year. Thieves all across the country love the Camry.
2. 1995 Honda Civic
The Civic is like the Camry. It’s reliable and popular, thus it’s good for parts.
1. 1994 Honda Accord
The Honda Accord takes first place for the most stolen car. The Accord is stolen by thieves everywhere for its parts and the car does lack some serious anti-theft technology. Something you may want to consider when choosing your next car.
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