The National Insurance Crime Bureau last week released its annual Hot Wheels report, which names the ten most stolen vehicles in the United States.
The most stolen vehicles in the nation in 2013, according to the NICB (total thefts in parentheses):
- Honda Accord (53,995)
- Honda Civic (45,001)
- Chevrolet Pickup (Full Size) (27,809)
- Ford Pickup (Full Size) (26,494)
- Toyota Camry (14,420)
- Dodge Pickup (Full Size) (11,347)
- Dodge Caravan (10,911)
- Jeep Cherokee/Grand Cherokee (9,272)
- Toyota Corolla (9,010)
- Nissan Altima (8,892)
The following are the top 2013 model year vehicles stolen during 2013:
- Nissan Altima
- Ford Fusion
- Ford Pickup Full Size
- Toyota Corolla
- Chevrolet Impala
- Hyundai Elantra
- Dodge Charger
- Chevrolet Malibu
- Chevrolet Cruze
- Ford Focus
Preventing your car from being stolen
- Always take your keys with you. Don't try to hide them on or near your vehicle. An experienced thief knows where all the hiding places are.
- Lock your vehicle every time you leave it, even if only for a short time.
- Completely close your car windows when parking. Don't make it easy for a thief to get inside.
- Don't leave anything in your car. Any item can attract attention and tempt thieves to break into your vehicle.
- Don't leave a trace. Don't leave any sign that there may be valuables out of sight in your vehicle. For example, the mounting bracket on your dashboard or a charging cord might tell thieves you have a GPS or cellphone/MP3 player in your glove box.
- Park in well-lit high activity locations. Thieves prefer breaking into cars in isolated areas.
- If you must leave something in your car, think about your risk. Consider placing items in your trunk before arriving at your destination. Someone may be watching you when you put your valuables under the seat or in the trunk.
- A car alarm can be a deterrent but don't let it lull you into complacency.
- Park your car in your garage at home.
- Remember, your garage door opener is a key to your home. Don't keep it in your car.