Most everyone knows to consider car safety when they are shopping for a new vehicle. However, a lot of people only think about car safety in the context of a car accident. It’s also important to consider safety from the perspective of how likely that car is to be stolen. This is of particular concern if you are someone that lives in an urban area, or somewhere that is known for car theft. Luckily, we can help out with that.
The National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) recently released their annual Hot Wheels report. This report details the types of cars that have been stolen the most, based on data provided by the National Crime Information Center (NCIC).
These are the numbers. During 2017 the following were the most stolen vehicles in the United States:
Model year most stolen /
Total model thefts
Ford Pickup (Full Size)
Chevrolet Pickup (Full Size)
Dodge Pickup (Full Size)
GMC Pickup (Full Size)
While there are a lot of takeaways from this data, the NICB wants to make clear that one of the important things this data showcases it the effectiveness of anti-theft technology. Perhaps the best illustration of this is the theft rates of Honda Civics made in 1998 and those made in 2017. Over the last year, 6,707 Civics made in 1998 were stolen. Comparatively, only 388 Civics made in 2018 were stolen over the same time period.
Of course, while improved anti-theft technology is helpful, it’s not foolproof. In fact, a majority of the thefts of new cars with that anti-theft technology are due to user error. By that we mean, people leaving their key fobs in their cars. When someone does that, it immediately negates all that fancy anti-theft technology that they paid for. It’s important to always keep you vehicle locked, and your key fob somewhere else.