Vehicle theft is down nationwide, but that didn't stop the Detroit Three, Toyota and Honda from making the National Insurance Crime Bureau's "Hot Wheels 2010" report, which ranked the top 10 most stolen vehicles in 2009.
The FBI's 2009 Uniform Crime Report shows that vehicle theft is once again down significantly from the previous year making 2009 the sixth consecutive year of reduced vehicle thefts. In 2008, 956,846 vehicles were reported stolen - the lowest annual total in over 20 years. For 2009, the number is down 17.1 percent at 794,616.
Despite the overall drop in vehicle theft, several vehicles from the Detroit Three, Toyota and Honda all had popular stolen vehicles in 2009. The NICB's "Hot Wheels" report is based on data reported to the National Crime Information Center and examines all theft data without regard to a vehicle's insured status.
For 2009, the most stolen vehicles (based on make, model and year) in the nation were:
1. 1994 Honda Accord
2. 1995 Honda Civic
3. 1991 Toyota Camry
4. 1997 Ford F-150 Pickup
5. 2004 Dodge Ram Pickup
6. 2000 Dodge Caravan
7. 1994 Chevrolet Pickup (Full Size)
8. 1994 Acura Integra
9. 2002 Ford Explorer
10. 2009 Toyota Corolla
The NICB also released its list of the top 10 most stolen vehicles by state. To view the complete list, click here.
"Through the end of August this year there were 97,655 vehicles that were listed as stolen and not yet recovered," said Joe Wehrle, NICB president and CEO. "Of that number, only 38 percent had some kind of insurance coverage. So there are a lot of vehicles out there that are being stolen and the owner is left holding the bag with no car and no money to buy another one. As our Hot Wheels report shows, many of these thefts end up in chop shops where they are turned into replacement parts."