NICB's Hot Wheels: Popular 10 Most Stolen Vehicles List Gets a
More Detailed Data and a New List of 2012's Most Stolen 2012 Models
DES PLAINES, Ill., Aug. 20, 2013 - The National Insurance Crime Bureau
(NICB) today released an expanded, data-rich version of its popular
Hot Wheels report-its list of 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
A first-edition feature is also contained in today's report: a look at
the top 25 2012 vehicle makes and models that were reported stolen in
calendar year 2012.
In previous Hot Wheels reports, rankings were determined based on the
most stolen model year vehicle within each vehicle make and model.
Only one make/model/year would appear on the top 10 list, even though
other model years of the same vehicle would have earned a position on
the list. This was done to offer a more varied list with significant
theft numbers than to focus on just one or two makes year after year.
Beginning with today's report, the top 10 most stolen will appear by
make and model only with its corresponding theft total. Beneath the
make and model will appear its various model years with their
corresponding theft totals for 2012. This is more easily understood by
viewing the accompanying spreadsheet or PDF. See the full report at
For 2012, the most stolen vehicles* in the nation were:
1. Honda Accord 58,596
2. Honda Civic 47,037
3. Ford Pickup (Full Size) 26,770
4. Chevrolet Pickup (Full Size) 23,745
5. Toyota Camry 16,251
6. Dodge Caravan 11,799
7. Dodge Pickup (Full Size) 11,755
8. Acura Integra 9,555
9. Nissan Altima 9,169
10. Nissan Maxima 6,947
Older Honda Accords and Civics were by far the most stolen models in
2012. The 1996 Accord led the list with 8,637 thefts. In fact, Accords
and Civics account for the first 16 spots on the most stolen list and
all are 19902000 models. By comparison, newer Hondas are rarely
stolen, thanks to improved anti-theft technology. For a report, watch
The new feature in Hot Wheels this year is the addition of a list of
the top 25 model year 2012 vehicles that were most stolen in calendar
year 2012. The top 10 on this list are:
1. Nissan Altima 921
2. Chevrolet Impala 778
3. Chevrolet Malibu 727
4. Toyota Camry 665
5. Ford Fusion 655
6. Ford Pickup (Full Size) 595
7. Ford Focus 523
8. Chrysler 200 449
9. Dodge Charger 416
10. Dodge Avenger 412
Download 2012's complete top 25 most stolen list in this spreadsheet
Each year, NICB reviews all NCIC vehicle theft records to produce its
national and state lists of the 10 most stolen vehicles. Hot Wheels is
the only report that examines all theft data without regard to a
vehicle's insured status-if a vehicle was reported stolen to law
enforcement, it is captured in this report.
A recent insurance theft claims report from our friends at the Highway
Loss Data Institute (HLDI) was widely misreported as a vehicle theft
analysis. The HLDI report examined data on vehicles associated with a
theft claim, not thefts of entire vehicles-semantically similar, but
Although the FBI is predicting a 1.3 percent increase in 2012 vehicle
thefts over 2011's number-reversing an eight-year trend-the overall
vehicle theft picture is still positive. The peak year for vehicle
thefts was 1991 with 1,661,738. If the FBI's preliminary 2012 vehicle
theft estimate holds, there will have been roughly 724,672 thefts.
That's a national decrease of over 50 percent since 1991 with many
states seeing even better numbers.
NICB's four layers of protection are:
Common Sense: Lock your car and take your keys. It's simple enough,
but many thefts occur because owners make it easy for thieves to steal
Warning Device: Having and using a visible or audible warning device
is another item that can ensure that your car remains where you left
Immobilizing Device: Generally speaking, if your vehicle can't be
started, it can't be stolen. "Kill" switches, fuel cut-offs
and smart keys are among the devices that are extremely effective.
Tracking Device: A tracking device emits a signal to the police or to
a monitoring station when the vehicle is stolen. Tracking devices are
very effective in helping authorities recover stolen vehicles. Some
systems employ "telematics," which combine 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.
Considering a used vehicle purchase? Check out VINCheckSM, a free
vehicle history service for consumers. Since 2005, NICB has offered
this limited service made possible by its participating member
companies. Check it out at www.nicb.org/vincheck.
Anyone with information concerning insurance fraud or vehicle theft
can report it anonymously by calling toll-free 800-TEL-NICB
(800-835-6422), texting keyword "fraud" to TIP411 (847411)
or submitting a form on our website. Or, download the NICB Fraud Tips
app on your iPhone or Android device.
About the National Insurance Crime Bureau: headquartered in Des
Plaines, Ill., the NICB is the nation's leading not-for-profit
organization exclusively dedicated to preventing, detecting and
defeating insurance fraud and vehicle theft through data analytics,
investigations, training, legislative advocacy and public awareness.
The NICB is supported by more than 1,100 property and casualty
insurance companies and self-insured organizations. NICB member
companies wrote $350 billion in insurance premiums in 2012, or more
than 78 percent of the nation's property/casualty insurance. That
includes more than 93 percent ($160 billion) of the nation's personal
auto insurance. To learn more visit www.nicb.org.
* This report reflects stolen vehicle data reported to NCIC in 2012.
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