The National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) released on Aug. 20 its “Hot Wheels” 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 2011.
The most-stolen vehicles in the nation for 2011 were:
1994 Honda Accord
1998 Honda Civic
2006 Ford Pickup (full size)
1991 Toyota Camry
2000 Dodge Caravan
1994 Acura Integra
1999 Chevrolet Pickup (full size)
2004 Dodge Pickup (full size)
2002 Ford Explorer
1994 Nissan Sentra
“Today’s vehicle thieves are typically professional criminals who have figured out how to get the key code for a specific vehicle, have a replacement key made and steal the vehicle within a matter of days,” according to the NICB. “We are working closely with our member companies, law enforcement, and the vehicle manufacturers to track these illegal key code transactions and stop the thefts or recover the stolen vehicles before they can be resold here or shipped out of the country to be sold overseas.”
NICB’s also advises motorists to take four layers of protection to prevent car thefts including common sense, warning devices, immobilizing devices and tracking devices.
View the full report at www.nicb.org.