NICB’s Hot Wheels report: Top 10 most-stolen vehicles in US and Ohio

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NICB’s Hot Wheels:  Popular 10 Most Stolen Vehicles List Gets a Makeover
More Detailed Data and a New List of 2012’s Most Stolen 2012 Models

August 20, 2013 – DES PLAINES, Ill. – The National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) today released an expanded, data-rich version of its popular Hot Wheels report 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 2012.

A first-edition feature is also contained in today’s report: A look at the top 25 2012 vehicle makes and models that were reported stolen in calendar year 2012.

In previous Hot Wheels reports, rankings were determined based on the most stolen model year vehicle within each vehicle make and model.  Only one make/model/year would appear on the top 10 list, even though other model years of the same vehicle would have earned a position on the list.  This was done to offer a more varied list with significant theft numbers than to focus on just one or two makes year after year.

Beginning with today’s report, the top 10 most stolen will appear by make and model only with its corresponding theft total.  Beneath the make and model will appear its various model years with their corresponding theft totals for 2012.  This is more easily understood by viewing the accompanying spreadsheet or PDF. See the full report at

2012 Most Stolen Vehicles *
Rank Make/Model Total US Thefts  
1 Honda Accord 58,596 Chevrolet Pickup (Full Size)
2 Honda Civic 47,037 Dodge Caravan
3 Ford Pickup (Full Size) 26,770 Ford Pickup (Full Size)
4 Chevrolet Pickup (Full Size) 23,745 Buick Century
5 Toyota Camry 16,251 Oldsmobile Cutlass/Supreme/Ciera
6 Dodge Caravan  11,799 Ford Taurus
Honda Accord (vehicles tied for 6th)
7 Dodge Pickup (Full Size) 11,755
8 Acura Integra 9,555 Chevrolet Impala
9 Nissan Altima 9,169 Chevrolet Pickup (Small Size)
10 Nissan Maxima 6,947 Dodge Pickup (Full Size)

* This report reflects stolen vehicle data reported to NCIC in 2012.  Full size pickups include half ton and larger capacity models for all makes.

Older Honda Accords and Civics were by far the most stolen models in 2012.  The 1996 Accord led the list with 8,637 thefts.  In fact, Accords and Civics account for the first 16 spots on the most stolen list and all are 1990-2000 models.  By comparison, newer Hondas are rarely stolen, thanks to improved anti-theft technology.  For a report, watch this video.

The new feature in Hot Wheels this year is the addition of a list of the top 25 model year 2012 vehicles that were most stolen in calendar year 2012.  The top 10 on this list are:

2012 Most Stolen 2012 Model Vehicles in the US
Rank Make/Model Total US Thefts
1 Nissan Altima 921
2 Chevrolet Impala 778
3 Chevrolet Malibu 727
4 Toyota Camry 665
5 Ford Fusion 655
6 Ford Pickup 595
7 Ford Focus 523
8 Chrysler 200 449
9 Dodge Charger 416
10 Dodge Avenger 412

Download 2012’s complete top 25 most stolen list in this spreadsheet or PDF.

Each year, NICB reviews all NCIC vehicle theft records to produce its national and state lists of the 10 most stolen vehicles.  Hot Wheels is the only report that examines all theft data without regard to a vehicle’s insured status − if a vehicle was reported stolen to law enforcement, it is captured in this report.

A recent insurance theft claims report from our friends at the Highway Loss Data Institute (HLDI) was widely misreported as a vehicle theft analysis.  The HLDI report examined data on vehicles associated with a theft claim, not thefts of entire vehicles—semantically similar, but empirically opposite.

Although the FBI is predicting a 1.3 percent increase in 2012 vehicle thefts over 2011’s number—reversing an eight-year trend—the overall vehicle theft picture is still positive.  The peak year for vehicle thefts was 1991 with 1,661,738.  If the FBI’s preliminary 2012 vehicle theft estimate holds, there will have been roughly 724,672 thefts.  That’s a national decrease of over 50 percent since 1991 with many states seeing even better numbers.

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.

Considering a used vehicle purchase?  Check out VINCheckSM, a free vehicle history service for consumers.  Since 2005, NICB has offered this limited service made possible by its participating member companies.  Check it out at:

Anyone with information concerning insurance fraud or vehicle theft can report it anonymously by calling toll-free 800-TEL-NICB (800-835-6422), texting keyword “fraud” to TIP411 (847411) or submitting a form on the NICB website. Or, download the NICB Fraud Tips app on your iPhone or Android device.

NICB 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.  The NICB is supported by more than 1,100 property and casualty insurance companies and self-insured organizations.  NICB member companies wrote $350 billion in insurance premiums in 2012, or more than 78 percent of the nation’s property/casualty insurance.  That includes more than 93 percent ($160 billion) of the nation’s personal auto insurance.  To learn more visit

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.

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• 2006 – 2012 Ohio Vehicle Thefts
2006                      37,425
2007                      33,779                   9.7% decrease
2008                      28,738                   14.9% decrease
2009                      22,660                   21.1% decrease
2010                      21,118                     6.8% decrease
2011                       21,068                     0.2% decrease
2012                       21,342 *                  1.3% increase (estimate)
* FBI Uniform Crime Reports 2012 preliminary data suggests a 1.3% increase in motor vehicle thefts throughout the US in 2011-2012. OII estimates the Ohio 2012 auto theft figure at 21,342 (2011 figure of 21,068 thefts plus 1.3%).

• Ohio Cities with Population over 100,000 – 2011 and 2012 Preliminary Auto Theft Figures

2012 721 1,100 3,761 NA2 693 1,334
2011 809 1,282 4,096 3,615 636 1,465

1 The FBI determined that the agency did not follow national Uniform Crime Reporting Program guidelines for reporting an offense.
2 2012 Columbus auto theft figure not included in FBI’s 2012 Preliminary Uniform Crime Reports

• Based on 2012 preliminary figures from the FBI Uniform Crime Reports, theft activity is increasing across the country. 2012 marks the first increase following eight years of Ohio auto theft declines.


• NICB’s Hot Wheels 2012 release:
• NICB’s Hot Wheels 2012 (OII’s 2013 release): Online: or PDF:
• NICB’s Hot Wheels 2011 release:
• NICB’s Hot Wheels 2011 (OII’s 2012 release):
• National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) Hot Spots 2012:
• FBI’s 2012 Preliminary Uniform Crime Reports, Crime in the US:
• FBI’s 2012 Preliminary Uniform Crime Reports, Table 4: