Honda Civic, Accord Most Stolen Vehicles of 2018

December 3, 2019 2:48 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

The National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) released its annual “Hot Wheels” report, which identifies 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 2018.

According to the FBI, in 2018, a total of 748,841 vehicles were stolen in the United States, a 3% decline, and a return to the dominant downward trend we’ve experienced since entering the 21st century.

Included with today’s release is a list of the top 25, 2018 vehicle makes and models that were reported stolen in 2018.

For 2018, the most stolen vehicles in the nation were:

Rank Make/Model Model Year Most Stolen / (No. of Thefts) Total Model
1 Honda Civic 2000 (5,290) 38,426
2 Honda Accord 1997 (5,029) 36,815
3 Ford Pickup (Full Size) 2006 (3,173) 36,355
4 Chevrolet Pickup (Full Size) 2004 (2,097) 31,566
5 Toyota Camry 2017 (1,144) 16,906
6 Nissan Altima 2017 (1,451) 13,284
7 Toyota Corolla 2017 (1,034) 12,388
8 GMC Pickup (Full Size) 2018 (1,170) 11,708
9 Dodge/Ram Pickup (Full Size) 2001 (1,155) 11,226
10 Jeep Cherokee/Grand Cherokee 2000 (646) 9,818

The following are the top 10 2018 model-year vehicles stolen during calendar-year 2018:

Rank Theft Year Vehicle Year Make/Model Total Thefts
1 2018 2018 GMC Pickup (full-size) 1,170
2 2018 2018 Ford Pickup (full-size) 1,017
3 2018 2018 Toyota Camry 976
4 2018 2018 Nissan Altima 912
5 2018 2018 Chevrolet Pickup (full-size) 790
6 2018 2018 Hyundai Elantra 775
7 2018 2018 Ford Transit 723
8 2018 2018 Dodge Charger 719
9 2018 2018 Toyota Corolla 699
10 2018 2018 Chevrolet Malibu 698

NICB recommends that drivers follow its four “layers of protection” to guard against vehicle theft:

Common Sense  The common-sense approach to protection is the easiest and most cost-effective way to thwart would-be thieves. You should always:

  • Remove your keys from the ignition
  • Lock your doors/close your windows
  • Park in a well-lit area

Warning Device – The second layer of protection is a visible or audible device that alerts thieves that your vehicle is protected. Popular devices include:

  • Audible alarms
  • Steering-column collars
  • Steering-wheel/brake-pedal lock
  • Brake locks
  • Wheel locks
  • Theft-deterrent decals
  • Identification markers in or on vehicle
  • VIN etching
  • Micro-dot marking

Immobilizing Device  The third layer of protection is a device that prevents thieves from bypassing your ignition and hot-wiring the vehicle. Some electronic devices have computer chips in ignition keys. Other devices inhibit the flow of electricity or fuel to the engine until a hidden switch or button is activated. Some examples are:

  • Smart keys
  • Fuse cut-offs
  • Kill switches
  • Starter, ignition and fuel-pump disablers
  • Wireless ignition authentication

Tracking Device  The final layer of protection is a tracking device that emits a signal to police or a monitoring station when the vehicle is stolen. Tracking devices are very effective in helping authorities recover stolen vehicles. Some systems employ telematics, which combines 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.


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