NICB’s 2011 Hot Wheels Auto Theft Report

FOR RELEASE: August 2, 2011

DES PLAINES, Ill. – The National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) today released HOT WHEELS, its list of the 10 most stolen vehicles in the United States. The report examines vehicle theft data submitted by law enforcement to the National Crime Information Center (NCIC) and determines the vehicle make, model, and model year most reported stolen in 2010. See the full report at

For 2009-2010, the top stolen vehicles in the US were:

Rank US 2010 US 2009
1 1994 Honda Accord 1994 Honda Accord
2 1995 Honda Civic 1995 Honda Civic
3 1991 Toyota Camry 1991 Toyota Camry
4 1999 Chevrolet Pickup (Full Size) 1997 Ford F-150 Pickup
5 1997 Ford F150 Series/Pickup 2004 Dodge Ram Pickup
6 2004 Dodge Ram 2000 Dodge Caravan
7 2000 Dodge Caravan 1994 Chevrolet Pickup (Full Size)
8 1994 Acura Integra 1994 Acura Integra
9 2002 Ford Explorer 2002 Ford Explorer
10 1999 Ford Taurus 2009 Toyota Corolla


For 2009-2010, the top stolen vehicles in Ohio were:


Rank OHIO 2010 OHIO 2009
1 2000 Dodge Caravan 2000 Dodge Caravan
2 1994 Honda Accord 1995 Oldsmobile Cutlass/Supreme/Ciera
3 1994 Chevrolet Pickup (Full Size) 2000 Honda Civic
4 1999 Ford Taurus 1995 Buick Century
5 2000 Honda Civic 1999 Ford Taurus
6 1995 Oldsmobile Cutlass/Supreme/Ciera 1994 Honda Accord
7 1996 Buick Century 1990 Chevrolet Pickup (Full Size)
8 1997 Chevrolet Pickup (S-10) 1995 Ford F150 Pickup
9 1998 Chevrolet Cavalier 1999 Chevrolet Cavalier
10 2002 Ford Explorer 1997 Ford Explorer

* This report reflects stolen vehicle data reported to NCIC in 2010. No further filtering of information is conducted, i.e., determining the total number of a particular make and model currently registered in the U.S. for comparison purposes.

HOT WHEELS is the only report that examines all theft data without regard to a vehicle’s insured status thereby providing a more complete view of the vehicle theft landscape. For example, certain models of older cars and trucks are popular with thieves because of the value of their parts—but many are not insured against theft. Whereas newer, more expensive and insured vehicles are often stolen to be resold intact with counterfeit vehicle identification numbers or shipped out of the country.

Nationally—and for the first time since 2002—thieves preferred domestic makes over foreign brands. Ford took three spots, Dodge two and Chevrolet held one while the remaining four were held by Honda, Toyota and Acura. However, the top three positions continue to be held by Honda and Toyota models, a trend that has been consistent since 2000.

Overall, vehicle thefts continue their decline. Preliminary 2010 FBI crime statistics point to a further 7.2 percent reduction over the thefts posted in 2009. Should the preliminary numbers hold when the FBI produces its final statistics later this year, 2010 will post the fewest vehicle thefts since 1967.

Improved technology is one of the keys to lower theft rates and the Hot Wheels statistics demonstrate that. Of the nearly 52,000 Honda Accords stolen in 2010, over 44,000 were models made in the 1990s, compared with fewer than 5,700 that were produced since the year 2000.

Even though the continuing decline in vehicle thefts is great news, if it happens to you it can be financially devastating and just an all-around hassle. NICB urges motorists to follow its “layered approach” to auto theft prevention.” By employing these simple, low-cost suggestions people can make their vehicles less attractive to thieves.

NICB, headquartered in Des Plaines IL, is the nation’s leading not-for-profit organization exclusively dedicated to preventing, detecting and defeating insurance fraud and vehicle theft through data analytics, investigations, training, legislative advocacy and public awareness.

OII is a trade association representing insurance companies and agent groups for Ohio’s property/casualty industry. Its main objective is to increase understanding of insurance and related safety issues.


2005-10   Ohio Vehicle Thefts

  • 2005       41,379
  • 2006       37,425   9.6% decrease
  • 2007       33,779   9.7 % decrease
  • 2008       28,532   15.5% decrease
  • 2009       22,890   17.1% decrease
  • 2010       21,242 *

* FBI Uniform Crime Reports 2010 preliminary data suggests a 7.2% decrease in motor vehicle thefts throughout the US between 2009-2010. OII estimates the Ohio 2010 auto theft figure at 21,242 (2009 figure of 22,890 thefts less 7.2%).

• Ohio Cities with Population over 100,000 – 2009 and 2010 Preliminary Auto Theft Figures

Akron 2009 961
2010 748
Cincinnati 2009 1,563
2010 1,607
Cleveland 2009 4,044
2010 3,494
Columbus 2009 4,133
2010 N/A
Dayton 2009 775
2010 671
Toledo 2009 1,337
2010 1,197

N/A = Figures not available
Based on 2010 preliminary figures from the FBI Uniform Crime Reports, theft activity is decreasing across the country. 2010 marks the seventh consecutive year of Ohio auto theft declines.


• NICB’s Hot Spots 2010
• NICB’s Hot Wheels 2010