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NICB Releases Annual 'Hot Wheels' Report: America's Top 10 Most Stolen Vehicles


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The National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) on Oct. 12 released its annual Hot Wheels report identifying the top 10 most stolen vehicles in the U.S. in 2020.

For the second year in a row, the Ford full size pick-up was the model most targeted by thieves, followed by the Chevrolet full size pick-up, which supplanted the formerly second-place Honda Civic.


"Auto thefts saw a dramatic increase in 2020 versus 2019 in part due to the pandemic, an economic downturn, law enforcement realignment, depleted social and schooling programs and, in still too many cases, owner complacency," said David Glawe, president and CEO of the NICB. "For many people, a car is the second largest investment they will ever make behind a home. No matter what kind of vehicle you have, take steps to protect your investment---lock your car and take your keys."


Thefts for all models in the top 10 were up in 2020 compared to 2019, but only Ford, Chevrolet and GMC full size pick-ups and the Honda CR-V saw double digit theft increase percentages. In this year's list, six of the top 10 most stolen vehicles were Japanese models.


Top 10 Stolen Vehicles in 2020 (number of thefts, most common model year stolen)


1. Ford full size pick-up: 44,014; 2006
2. Chevrolet full size pick-up: 40,968; 2004
3. Honda Civic: 34,144; 2000
4. Honda Accord: 30,814; 1997
5. Toyota Camry: 16,915; 2019
6. Nissan Altima: 14,668; 2020
7. GMC full size pick-up: 13,016; 2005
8. Toyota Corolla: 12,515; 2020
9. Honda CR-V: 12,309; 2000
10. Dodge full size pick-up: 11,991; 2001


The annual Hot Wheels 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 2020.  


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