Stolen Vehicle Rate For 2009 In U.S. At 20-Year Low

Automobile Staff

Fewer vehicles were stolen in the U.S. during 2009 than in each of the last 20 years, according to the National Crime Information Center, though old Hondas and Toyotas still dominate the list.

The decline of 17.1 percent over 2008's figures means that just 794,616 vehicles were stolen. The NCIC's report covers vehicles stolen regardless of whether they were insured.

For 2009, 1994 Honda Accords, 1995 Honda Civics, and 1991 Toyota Camrys were most likely to be stolen -- a result that's almost identical to 2008's results.

Ford and Dodge pickup trucks were next on the list, followed by a 2000 Dodge Caravan and a '94 Chevrolet Pickup. The 1994 Acura Integra was the eighth most-stolen vehicle in 2008 and 2009. Owners of 2002 Ford Explorers were also more likely than most to have their vehicles stolen, while the newest vehicle to hit the Top 10 list for 2009 was the 2009 Toyota Corolla.

“Through the end of August this year there were 97,655 vehicles that were listed as stolen and not yet recovered. Of that number, only 38 percent had some kind of insurance coverage,” said Joe Wehrle, NICB president and CEO. “As our Hot Wheels report shows, many of these thefts end up in chop shops where they are turned into replacement parts.”

While most states had nearly the same vehicles in their Top 10 lists, there were a few outliers. In Alaska, the 1991 Subaru Legacy was the fifth most-stolen vehicle in 2009 while the 1999 Volkswagen Jetta was the fourth most-stolen vehicle in Vermont. There were enough 1987 Chevrolet Caprices in Arkansas to make it the sixth most-stolen vehicle and, in Oklahoma, the 2007 Ford Mustang made it to the ninth position.

Top 10 Most Stolen Vehicles in 2009 1. 1994 Honda Accord 2. 1995 Honda Civic 3. 1991 Toyota Camry 4. 1997 Ford F-150 Pickup 5. 2004 Dodge Ram Pickup 6. 2000 Dodge Caravan 7. 1994 Chevrolet Pickup (Full Size) 8. 1994 Acura Integra 9. 2002 Ford Explorer 10. 2009 Toyota Corolla

Top 10 Most Stolen Vehicles in 2008 1. 1994 Honda Accord 2. 1995 Honda Civic 3. 1989 Toyota Camry 4. 1997 Ford F-150 Pickup 5. 2004 Dodge Ram Pickup 6. 2000 Dodge Caravan 7. 1996 Jeep Cherokee/Grand Cherokee 8. 1994 Acura Integra 9. 1999 Ford Taurus 10. 2002 Ford Explorer

Source: National Insurance Crime Bureau

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