Thieves target a wide range of popular passenger vehicles, with sport/utility vehicles (SUVs), pickup trucks, and minivans particularly attractive targets, according to a new study conducted by the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB).
The NICB, a not-for-profit insurance organization committed to combating vehicle theft and insurance fraud, reported that one-third (17) of the top 50 most commonly stolen vehicles in 2001 were sport/utility vehicles, pickup trucks, and minivans or vans. High-volume cars dominate the top of the list due to sheer numbers. The report from NICB follows the recent release of FBI Uniform Crime Reports which found that motor vehicle thefts in 2001 were up 5.7 percent over 2000.
NICB said that the ten most commonly stolen vehicles in the United States in 2001 were:
1. Toyota Camry
2. Honda Accord
3. Honda Civic
4. Oldsmobile Cutlass/Supreme/Ciera
5. Jeep Cherokee/Grand Cherokee
6. Chevrolet Full Size C/K Pickup
7. Toyota Corolla
8. Ford Taurus
9. Chevrolet Caprice
10. Ford F150 Pickup
The NICB list of the top 50 most frequently stolen vehicles includes 17 pickup trucks, minivans, vans and SUVs. They are: the Jeep Cherokee/Grand Cherokee (5), Chevrolet Full Size C/K Pickup (6), Ford F150 Series Pickup (10), Dodge Caravan/Grand Caravan (11), Ford Explorer (16), Chevrolet Full-Size Extended Cab Pickup (22), Plymouth Voyager/Grand Voyager (23), Toyota Pickup (25), Ford Ranger (26), Chevrolet/GMC Suburban (29), Dodge Ram Pickup (30), Chevrolet Compact SUV (Blazer) (35), Ford Econoline Van (39), Chevrolet Truck (41), Chevrolet Blazer (43), GMC Full Size C/K Pickup (46) and the Chevrolet Van (49). The FBI reported that an estimated 1.2 million vehicle thefts were reported in 2001. The nation's vehicle theft rate per 100,000 people was up 4.5 percent in 2001, marking the second consecutive year of increases in the auto theft rate following a ten year decline. "The continued increase in the auto theft rate is a troubling trend," said Robert M. Bryant, president and chief executive officer, National Insurance Crime Bureau. He attributed the continuing rise to a variety of factors, including a difficult U.S. economy that spurs thieves to steal cars and trucks for financial gain, the reassignment of many law enforcement officers from special auto theft task forces and porous international borders that are difficult to monitor for stolen vehicles.