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Car Thefts Plunge By More than Half

Better technology, increased enforcement keep thieves at bay.

by on Dec.17, 2014

Car thefts surged in the 1970s and '80s, but the numbers have been falling since 1991's peak.

There may be far more cars on the road, but car theft has plunged 58% since 1991’s all-time high, according to newly released FBI data.

Increased law enforcement and enhanced automotive technology have combined to make it tougher on car thieves, though nearly 700,000 vehicles were still snatched in the U.S. last year.

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Nonetheless, “It means that if you own a vehicle, your chances of having it stolen today are statistically and significantly less than at any other time since 1960,” according to a new analysis of the FBI data by the National Insurance Crime Bureau, or NICB.


Honda Accord Tops Most-Stolen List

Top 10 list evenly divided between U.S., Asian makers.

by on Aug.21, 2012

Yet again, the 1994 Honda Accord tops the list of most-stolen vehicles, according to a new study.

This is one list you’d probably prefer not to see your car wind up on, but if you own a 1994 Honda Accord it is the vehicle thieves are most likely to target, according to a new study released by the National Insurance Crime Bureau.

The good news is that car theft, in general, has been declining in recent years – though there are some nagging hot spots, especially along the West Coast.  But the NICB’s annual Hot Wheels study shows that thieves are particular about what they go after, whether there’s strong demand for a particular model or they’re just easier to get away with.

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Honda, it turns out, has the two most frequently stolen models, both the ’94 Accord and the ’98 Civic.  The full list follows.  It reveals that Japanese makers built half of the Top 10 models, Detroit the other five.  The list also is fairly evenly split between passenger cars, such as the Accord, and light trucks, including the 2006 Ford F-Series pickup and 2000 Dodge Caravan minivan.


Auto Theft Rate Continues to Decline

But problem remains serious in parts of the West.

by on Jun.19, 2012

Car theft fall sharply in 2011 - though there remain major "hot spots" along the West Coast.

Despite high-profile cases, like the recent carjacking of Detroit pastor and gospel icon Marvin Winans, a nationwide crackdown on car theft is generating clear and positive results.

Two new reports suggest that auto theft rates fell once again in 2011, though there are some nagging hot spots that seem to be resisting the crackdown, especially along the West Coast.

Meanwhile, a recent study suggests that certain vehicles remain fair game for thieves, including the Chevrolet Corvette.  According to the National Insurance Crime Bureau, more than one in 10 Vettes has been heisted over the past 30 years.

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The NICB, an insurance industry trade group, says the general trend is downward, with the majority of major metropolitan areas having seen a decline in overall car theft during 2011.  Some communities, like Laredo, Texas, have seen significant declines.


Audi, Ford, BMW Models Top Stolen List

Overall auto theft rate continues to dip.

by on Nov.08, 2011

Percentage wise, the most stolen car of 2009, the Audi S8.

You have your choice of good news or bad.  When it comes to stolen cars, the good news is that the auto theft rate continues to decline, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

The bad news?  That might depend on what you own, especially if you park an Audi, Ford or BMW model in your driveway.

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The top of the list is the Audi S8 which had a theft rate, according to NHTSA, of 8.81 per thousand in 2009 – the latest year for which data is available.  But the fed report is based on percentages, not raw numbers.  Audi only sold 227 of the S8s in the U.S. that year, and a grand total of 2 were stolen.

Using more conventional math reveals an entirely different picture, however, with more mainstream models like the Toyota Corolla, at the top of the list.


Escalade Tops the List of Late-Model Stolen Cars

Caddy tops list for fourth year.

by on Aug.25, 2011

The Cadillac Escalade EXT tops the lost of stolen vehicles, according to a new report.

Bling, bling…gone.

For the fourth year in a row, the big Cadillac Escalade, a favorite among rappers and professional athletes, tops the list as the car more likely to be stolen, according to a new report by the Highway Loss Data Institute.

The trade group’s data show that four different versions of the Escalade rank high on the list of 2008 to 2010 vehicles thieves targeted, with the Cadillac Escalade EXT, an SUV/pickup blend, ranking at the top of the list.  On average, it experienced 14 claims per 1,000 registered vehicles – eight times higher than the average vehicle covered by the study.  Overall, theft claims for the Escalade resulted in average insurance payouts of $10,555.

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The HLDI study reveals that Detroit brands top the theft charts – and that thieves seem to prefer pickups and SUVs.  In fact, eight of the top 10 are either General Motors or Ford trucks.  The other two slots were filled by Chrysler, with two versions of its big 300 sedan.


Vehicles Thieves Love to See – and Take

Cadillac Escalade, Ford F-250 pickup, Infiniti G37, Dodge Charger top list of insurance claims for theft. Buy a Volvo?

by on Aug.05, 2010

Cadillac earns a dubious distinction from the "midnight auto parts" set.

The chop shop gang has definite favorites when it comes to swiping vehicles. So you might want to think about “ hot cars” in a two-fold manner.

The first is the simple hot car or truck – selling well, in demand for the moment and with some buzz behind it.  A good set of wheels, right?

However, hot as “in demand” has a darker side, too, and might give you second thoughts about your next vehicle.

According to the latest data from the Highway Loss Data Institute (HLDI), people file insurance theft claims for versions of the 2007-09 Cadillac Escalade, a luxury SUV, followed by Ford’s F-250 crew pickup, the Infiniti G37 luxury car, and Dodge Chargers with a HEMI engine, more than any other models.

In fact, theft rates for these vehicles are three to five times as high as the average for all other vehicles – your rates may vary, but you will likely pay a premium for coverage if you own one of these.