It’s that time of year again. The time when the National Insurance Crime Bureau releases its “Hot Wheels” report indicating which vehicles were most frequently stolen the previous year. And, like the report before it in 2011, the Honda Accord was the most stolen vehicle in 2012, with 58,596 copies taken without permission from the owner.
The NICB releases its “Hot Wheels” report every year, indicating which vehicles were stolen the most during the prior year. Previous renditions of this report were based on the most stolen vehicle models from a particular model year. However, the 2012 version of the NICB’s “Hot Wheels” report includes both the top 10 most stolen vehicles no matter what model year it was built, and the top 25 vehicles from 2012 that were stolen last year, too. This was done to give a more in-depth look at the stats rather than say the Honda Accord and Civic were the top two most stolen vehicles last year…again.
Even with the new way the NICB breaks down the most stolen vehicle list, the Honda Accord does, in fact, still lead the list with an astounding 58,596 copies stolen in 2012 followed by the Civic with 47,037 units taken. However, when you look at the list of most stolen cars from the 2012 model year, the 2012 Nissan Altima leads the list with 921 thefts reported last year. The Nissan Altima does make an appearance on the top 10 list of stolen vehicles of all time, checking in at number 9 with 9,169 units stolen since stats began being tracked.
As of 2012, these were the most stolen vehicles in the United States (the total are in parenthesis) :
- Honda Accord: (58,596)
- Honda Civic: (47,037)
- Ford Pickup (Full Size): (26,770)
- Chevrolet Pickup (Full Size): (23,745)
- Toyota Camry: (16,251)
- Dodge Caravan: (11,799)
- Dodge Pickup (Full Size): (11,755)
- Acura Integra: (9,555)
- Nissan Altima: (9,169)
- Nissan Maxima: (6,947)
Below is a chart of the most stolen vehicles made for the 2012 model year (the total are in parenthesis):
- Nissan Altima: (921)
- Chevrolet Impala: (778)
- Chevrolet Malibu: (727)
- Toyota Camry: (665)
- Ford Fusion: (655)
- Ford Pickup Full Size: (595)
- Ford Focus: (523)
- Chrysler 200: (449)
- Dodge Charger: (416)
- Dodge Avenger: (412)
Every year, the NICB reviews all vehicle theft records to compile these lists. While the FBI predicts vehicle heists will increase 1.3 percent over 2011, the NICB’s report reinforces an overall positive vehicle theft trend, one that has been on a downward spiral for the past eight years. If the FBI’s forecast of vehicles stolen stands pat, 2012 will see 724,672 vehicles taken without permission. That number is down 50 percent from what was recorded in 1991, and many states are seeing even steeper declines. The NICB also offers helpful tips to help your vehicle from getting stolen. These tips include locking your vehicle and taking the keys, installing a warning device (car alarm), installing an immobilizing device like a kill switch or fuel cut-off switch, and installing a GPS tracking device.
Source: National Insurance Crime Bureau