NICB’s 2014 Hot Wheels report: Top 10 most-stolen vehicles in US and Ohio

NICB Contact: Frank Scafidi, 916.979.1510 / Carol Kaplan, 202.604.5649
Ohio info: Dean Fadel, 614.228.1593

NICB’s Hot Wheels:  America’s 10 Most Stolen Vehicles: A 50-50 Split between Domestic and Import

August 18, 2014 – DES PLAINES, Ill. – The National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) today released its annual Hot Wheels report, identifying the top stolen vehicles in the US. 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 2013.

NICB’s 2013 TOP 10 MOST STOLEN VEHICLES *
THEFTS IN THE US THEFTS IN OHIO
Rank Make/Model
(regardless of model-year)
Total US Thefts  Make/Model (Year)  
1 Honda Accord 53,995 Chevrolet Pickup-Full Size (1994)
2 Honda Civic 45,001 Dodge Caravan (2000)
3 Chevrolet Pickup (Full Size) 27,809 Ford Pickup-Full Size (2004)
4 Ford Pickup (Full Size) 26,494 Jeep Cherokee/Grand Cherokee (1998)
5 Toyota Camry 14,420 Buick Century (1996)
6 Dodge Pickup (Full Size) 11,347 Chevrolet Impala (2002)
7  Dodge Caravan 10,911 Chevrolet Pickup-Small Size (1997)
8 Jeep Cherokee/Grand Cherokee 9,272 Honda Accord (1994)
9 Toyota Corolla 9,010 Ford Explorer (2002)
10 Nissan Altima 8,892  Oldsmobile Cutlass/Supreme/Ciera (1996)

* 2013 Top 10 most-stolen vehicles (regardless of make and model-year) in the US and Ohio. This report reflects stolen vehicle data contained in NCIC and present in the “NCIC mirror image” when accessed by NICB on March 1, 2014. NCIC records may contain errors based on inaccurate entries submitted by reporting agencies. Full size pickups include half-ton and larger capacity models for all makes. Click here for the detailed report.

Top Ten 2013 Model-Year Vehicles Stolen in the US in 2013 *
Rank Make/Model Total US Thefts
1 Nissan Altima 810
2 Ford Fusion 793
3 Ford Pickup (Full Size) 775
4 Toyota Corolla 669
5 Chevrolet Impala 654
6 Hyundai Elantra 541
7 Dodge Charger 536
8 Chevrolet Malibu 529
9 Chevrolet Cruze 499
10 Ford Focus 483

* Click here for the Top 25 2013 Model-Year report

 OHIO VEHICLE THEFT INFO (provided by Ohio Insurance Institute)

Ohio Vehicle Thefts
Year Vehicle Thefts Percent Change
from Previous Year
2006 37,425
2007 33,779 – 9.7%
2008 29,738 – 14.9%
2009 22,660 – 21.1%
2010 21,118 – 6.8%
2011 21,068 – 0.2%
2012 19,512 – 7.4%
2013 18,888 * – 3.2% *

Source: 2006-2012: FBI Uniform Crime Reports (UCR)
*2013: FBI Uniform Crime Reports preliminary data suggests a 3.2% decrease in motor vehicle thefts throughout the US in 2012-2013. OII estimates 2013 Ohio auto thefts at 18,888 (2012 figure of 19,512 thefts less 3.2%).

Ohio Cities with Population over 100,000
2012 & 2013 Preliminary Auto Theft Figures
 YEAR AKRON CANTON CINCINNATI CLEVELAND COLUMBUS  DAYTON TOLEDO
 2013 2  303  NA 1  571  2,008  NA 1  304  NA 1
 2012 3  721  461  1,100  3,761  NA 1  693  1,334

1 Auto theft figure not included in FBI’s 2013 Preliminary UCR or 2012 UCR
2 FBI’s 2013 Preliminary UCR, Table 4
3 2012 figures: FBI UCR, Table 8, Ohio Offenses Known to Law Enforcement

NICB theft analysis
After a slight increase in 2012, the FBI predicts a reduction in national vehicle thefts of 3.2 percent when final 2013 statistics are released later this year. The peak year for vehicle thefts was 1991 with 1,661,738.  If the FBI’s preliminary 2013 estimate holds, thefts will be under 700,000—a number not seen since 1967 and a reduction in vehicle thefts of over 50 percent since 1991.

Theft prevention tips
NICB recommends four “layers of protection” against theft:
Common Sense:  Lock your car and take your keys.  It’s simple enough, but many thefts occur because owners make it easy for thieves to steal their cars.
Warning Device:  Having and using a visible or audible warning device is another item that can ensure that your car remains where you left it.
Immobilizing Device:  Generally speaking, if your vehicle can’t be started, it can’t be stolen. “Kill” switches, fuel cut-offs and smart keys are among the devices that are extremely effective.
Tracking Device:  A tracking device emits a signal to the police or to a monitoring station when the vehicle is stolen.  Tracking devices are very effective in helping authorities recover stolen vehicles.  Some systems employ “telematics,” which combine GPS and wireless technologies to allow remote monitoring of a vehicle.  If the vehicle is moved, the system will alert the owner and the vehicle can be tracked via computer.

Insurance fraud or vehicle theft can be reported anonymously to NICB by calling toll-free 800-TEL-NICB (800-835-6422), texting keyword “fraud” to TIP411 (847411) or online.

About
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.
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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RESOURCES
NICB

2013 Hot Wheels release
—–  – 2013 Hot Wheels report by state report
—–  – Top 25 2013 model-year vehicles stolen in US
—–  – Infographic
—–  – Video
2012 Hot Wheels release
2013 Hot Spots report
Free online vehicle identification number (VIN) check
NICB fraud tips app

 OII (for Ohio information)
2013 Hot Wheels release w/Ohio datahttp://bit.ly/1BkxATT
2012 Hot Wheels release w/Ohio data

FBI Uniform Crime Reports
• 2013 Preliminary Semiannual Uniform Crime Report, January-June 2013
• 2012 Motor Vehicle Thefts
• 2012 Ohio Motor Vehicle Thefts (Table 8, Ohio Offenses Known to Law Enforcement)