NICB Lists Top 10 Most Stolen Vehicles in 2010
The National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) released its list of the 10 most stolen vehicles in the United States. The report examines vehicle theft data submitted to the bureau by law enforcement to determine the makes, models and model years of the vehicles reported most stolen in 2010. This information is highly valuable to anyone shopping for a car and concerned about the cost of auto auto insurance.
10 Most Stolen Vehicles in 2010
According to the NICB Hot Wheels report, the following vehicles were the most stolen in 2010:
- 1994 Honda Accord
- 1995 Honda Civic
- 1991 Toyota Camry
- 1999 Chevrolet Pickup (Full Size)
- 1997 Ford F150 Series/Pickup
- 2004 Dodge Ram
- 2000 Dodge Caravan
- 1994 Acura Integra
- 2002 Ford Explorer
- 1999 Ford Taurus
The Hot Wheels report did not take into account whether the vehicle would be more valuable to thieves based on the ability to sell it as a whole vehicle or to strip down for its parts. This provided a more complete view of the vehicle theft landscape.
The report noted that vehicle thefts declined 7.2 percent over the thefts posted in 2009, making 2010’s thefts the fewest since 1967. The main reason the NICB gave for the decrease was improved technology.
How to Prevent Auto Theft
Many drivers don’t know that auto theft raises insurance rates, not just for the driver affected, but or drivers across the board because insurance companies have to spend more money to pay auto insurance claims for replacement. To combat auto theft, the NICB recommends what it calls four layers of protection:
- Common sense: You should always take time to lock your car doors and keep your keys on your possession to avoid making it easy for theft to occur.
- Warning device: The NICB recommends using a visible and audible warning device to deter thieves from stealing the vehicle.
- Immobilizing device: Consider having a “kill” switch, fuel cut-off or smart key installed to ensure your vehicle can’t be driven if a thief gains access.
- Tracking device: If a thief does drive away with your car, a tracking device will emit a signal to the police or a monitoring station when it is stolen to help find it in a timely fashion.
Taking these steps could help significantly reduce the risk of auto theft. At the same time, it will ensure that your auto insurance premium doesn’t have to increase unnecessarily.