Most stolen cars in America: “Lock your car and take your keys, no matter where you live,” says NICB CEO

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. vehicles thefts continue. The US solely accounts for the theft of 9,000,000 vehicles in the country in 2020. However, some specific car models and makers tend to fall prey more often to theft due to their good resale value and easy availability.

Last week, the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) published the list of the most stolen cars in America last year on their Hot Wheels list.

In 2020, around 880,595 vehicles were stolen off the street in the US, making an 11 percent increase from 2019, when the number of stolen vehicles was 794,019.

NICB CEO, David Glawe, says, “Auto thefts saw a dramatic increase in 2020 versus 2019 in part due to the pandemic, an economic downturn, law enforcement realignment, depleted social and schooling programs, and, in still too many cases, owner complacency,”

Here’s the list of the most stolen cars in America in 2020

  1. Ford Pick-up Truck (full-sized) – 44,014 stolen
  2. Chevrolet Pick-up Truck (full-sized) – 40,968 stolen
  3. Honda Civic – 34,144 stolen
  4. Honda Accord – 30,814 stole
  5. Toyota Camry – 16,915 stolen
  6. Nissan Altima – 14,668 stolen
  7. GMC Pick-up Truck (full-sized) – 13,016 stolen
  8. Toyota Corolla – 12,515 stolen
  9. Honda CR-V – 12,309 stolen
  10. Dodge Pick-up truck (full-sized) – 11,991 stolen

The commonly stolen cars vary from state to state as every state has different consumer preferences.

For instance, a state where the majority lives in the urban area will see fewer thefts for pick-up trucks due to the low availability of the vehicle in the area.

Here is the list of 10 vehicles that have been reported for theft most frequently in New York City.

  1. Honda Accord – 770 stolen
  2. Honda CR-V – 584 stolen
  3. Toyota Camry – 561 stolen
  4. Honda Civic – 488 stolen
  5. Grand Cherokee/Jeep Cherokee – 486 stolen
  6. Nissan Altima – 475 stolen
  7. Ford Econoline E250 – 304 stolen
  8. Toyota Corolla – 288 stolen
  9. Ford Econoline E350 – 286 stolen
  10. Ford Pick-Up (Full Size) – 281 stolen

Regarding vehicle safety from the current theft situation in the country, NICB recommends the residents use common approaches of safety from theft prevention. For instance, locking cars properly, closing windows after parking, and using a loud audio alarm for warning.

Drivers may also consider using immobilizing devices to prevent vehicles from being hot-wired. Car owners may also use tracking devices to make it easier for police to track down the vehicle in case of theft.

Glawe said, “For many people, a car is a second largest investment they will ever make behind a home. As such, it is important to take simple steps to protect your investment — lock your car and take your keys, no matter where you live,”

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