Today, the National Insurance Crime Bureau (aka NICB) released their annual “Hot Wheels” auto-theft report for 2013 listing the Top 10 Most Stolen Cars. As usual, if you have a Toyota sedan, Honda car or American-made full-size pickup, you better lock your doors. Although, after a minor increase in 2012, the FBI estimates an overall national vehicle theft decrease of 3.2 percent for 2013. All the 2013 numbers aren’t in yet.
Amazingly enough, according to the NCIB, if the numbers hold, total auto thefts for 2013 will come in under 700,000 which is “a number not seen since 1967 and a reduction in vehicle thefts of over 50% since 1991.” 1991 was the peak year for thefts at 1,661,738.
NICB President and CEO Jon Wehrle said:
“The drop in thefts is good news for all of us,” said NICB President and CEO Joe Wehrle. “But it still amounts to a vehicle being stolen every 45 seconds and losses of over $4 billion a year. That’s why we applaud the vehicle manufacturers for their efforts to improve anti-theft technology and pledge to continue to work with our insurance company members and law enforcement to identify and seek vigorous prosecution of the organized criminal rings responsible for so many of these thefts.”
The NICB also gives some advice to prevent your car from ending up as part of the next Hot Wheels stolen car list…
- 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.
Okay, the moment you’ve all been waiting for… the Top 10 Most Stolen Cars in 2013 from the Hot Wheels Report
10. Nissan Altima (8,892)
9. Toyota Corolla (9,010)
8. Jeep Cherokee/Grand Cherokee (9,272)
7. Dodge Caravan (10,911)
6. Dodge Pickup (Full Size) (11,347)