The National Insurance Crime Bureau has released its annual Hot Wheels report which reveals the 10 most stolen vehicles in the United States.
According to the group, a vehicle was stolen every 42.2 seconds in 2018. That’s an alarming statistic, but thefts are actually down three percent from 2017. That’s good news, but there were still 748,841 thefts last year.
Unsurprisingly, vehicles that are popular with consumers were also popular with thieves. The Honda Civic was the most stolen vehicle last year with 38,426 thefts. It was closely followed by the Accord which saw 36,815 thefts.
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While the two most stolen vehicles were cars, trucks were also popular with thieves. 36,355 full-size Ford trucks were stolen in 2018, while Chevrolet Silverado owners had their vehicles taken 31,566 times. Other popular trucks with thieves include the GMC Sierra (11,708) and Ram lineup (11,226).
When it comes to just 2018 models, the GMC Sierra was the most popular as 1,170 were stolen. The most popular vehicle in America, the Ford F-Series, wasn’t far behind as 1,017 were taken last year.
Rounding out the top five most stolen 2018 models are the Toyota Camry (976), Nissan Altima (912) and Chevrolet Silverado (790).
To reduce the chances of having your vehicle stolen, the NICB says owners should use common sense. This means you should close your windows and lock your doors as well as not keep keys inside the vehicle.
Owners should also remove valuables, such as laptops and tablets, as they make your vehicle appealing to thieves. This is particularly important during the holiday season as a car full of gifts could give criminals an early Christmas.
If you live in a place where car theft is common, you can always ramp up your anti-theft efforts by installing an alarm and/or an immobilizer. Telematics services such as OnStar can also help to recover your vehicle if it is stolen, but it doesn’t appear to be much of a deterrent considering three GM vehicles made the list of most stolen 2018 models.