Hot Wheels: Here Are the Cars Thieves Like the Most

Demand for parts drives popularity of stolen vehicles

Hondas were the most stolen vehicles across the United States last year, with Accords topping the list and Civics coming in second, according to the annual Hot Wheels report from the National Insurance Crime Bureau.

Two full-sized pickup trucks, Fords and Chevrolets, came in third and fourth.

The tally identifies the 10 most stolen vehicles across the country. Honda Accords and Civics were also the most stolen the year before.

National Insurance Crime Bureau

The number of thefts has fallen dramatically since the late 1990s, from a high of about 1.7 million to 700,000 today, most of them of older models, said Carol Kaplan, a spokeswoman for the organization. Better security, better policing and better tools for finding stolen vehicles have all contributed to the drop, she said.

Thieves are typically stripping the vehicles to pieces and selling the parts, she said. The demand for parts is likely driving the popularity of particular cars, she said.

The National Insurance Crime Bureau also identified the top 2014 models that were stolen last year. The Ford full-sized pickup headed that list.

The insurance group recommends installing an alarm on your vehicle, some sort of immobilizing device such as a kill switch or fuel cut-off and a tracking device. And of course, lock your car and take your keys.

Here are the 10 most stolen vehicles:

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