Forbes just released their annual stolen car list with some familiar vehicles once again topping the list. Other models have moved and jockeyed for position as there has been an increase in trucks and SUVs that have gone missing. However, supply and demand does dictate the stolen car market as expected; the most popular cars get stolen the most, according to the most recent statistics of both new vehicles and past model years compiled by the National Insurance Crime Board (NCIB) in Des Plaines, Ill.
Newer model of all types are stolen less due to technological upgrades, such as computer-chip-coded keys and built-in engine immobilizers. Older models are targeted by thieves due to their lack of theft-thwarting tech and high resale value of pilfered parts. A ho-hum 1998 Toyota Camry that your aunt drove for 14 years is worth a mint for its easily sellable water pump, alternator, engine parts, and body panels. Newer cars are still targeted but are often times sold uncut to shady dealers with the help of phony papers or just shipped abroad to the foreign markets.
One of the more recent changes to the list came in the form of trucks and SUVs that were targeted. Longtime stalwart of the list Ford F-150 dropped to number 4 with 26,494 units and was finally surpassed by the Chevy Silverado in the number 3 spot with 27,809 units. Dodge/Ram trucks are still in the race at number 6 with 11,347 units, and Jeep Cherokee/Grand Cherokee at 9,272 in a paltry 8th place.
All vehicle owners can breathe a sigh of relief as the FBI reports that car and truck thefts are back on the decline after experience a slight uptick in 2012. Their statistics show a 3.2 percent reduction in the number of GTAs at just fewer than 700,000 units, representing a 50 percent drop in thefts nationwide when compared to the peak of 1991.
"The drop in thefts is good news for all of us," says 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."
Here's the list of the 10 most-stolen cars from all model years taken during 2013, according to the NICB, with total units cited:
1. Honda Accord - 53,995
2. Honda Civic - 45,001
3. Chevrolet Silverado - 27,809
4. Ford F-150 - 26,494
5. Toyota Camry - 14,420
6. Dodge/Ram Pickup - 11,347
7. Dodge Caravan - 10,911
8. Jeep Cherokee*/Grand Cherokee - 9,272
9. Toyota Corolla - 9,010
10. Nissan Altima - 8,892
*This total includes all late model Jeep Cherokees sold prior to the on-sale date of the all-new 2014 Jeep Jeep Cherokee CUV.