NICB Reports Ford Full Size Pick Up Most Stolen Car Last Year

4 Nov 2020

The Ford Full Size Pickup is the new favorite target of car thieves. In fact, the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) put out a “Hot Wheels’ report that included the country’s crime data. The most stolen vehicle that made it on this list for 2019 was the Ford Full Size Pickup. And, it actually replaced the Honda Civic as being the top theft target.

This report examines theft data for vehicles the law enforcement submitted to the National Crime Information Center (NCIC). It shows the vehicle’s model, make and model year reported the most stolen in 2019.

Here are the statistics (with 1 being the top stolen):

  1. Ford Full Size Pickup: 38,938 thefts; vehicle year most stolen: 2006
  2. Honda Civic: 33,220 thefts; vehicle year most stolen: 2000
  3. Chevrolet Full Size Pickup: 32,583 thefts; vehicle year most stolen: 2004
  4. Honda Accord: 30,745 thefts; vehicle year most stolen: 1997
  5. Toyota Camry: 15,656 thefts; vehicle year most stolen: 2007
  6. Nissan Altima: 13,355 thefts; vehicle year most stolen: 2015
  7. Toyota Corolla: 12,137 thefts; vehicle year most stolen: 2018
  8. Dodge Full Size Pickup: 11,292 thefts; vehicle year most stolen: 2001
  9. GMC Full Size Pickup: 11,164 thefts; vehicle year most stolen: 2018
  10.  Honda CR-V: 10,094 thefts; vehicle year most stolen: 2001

Although the Ford Full Size Pickup models are definitely a main target for thieves, the Honda Civic (2000) did have more thefts in 2019 by model year with the 1997 Honda Accord following closely behind.

 Four Layers of Protection

NICB suggests drivers guard against vehicle theft with these four layers of protection since thefts continue to be at an all-time high:

  1. Common Sense

The most cost-effective and easiest approach to take to protect against vehicle theft is common sense. You should always:

  • Park in well-lit areas
  • Take your keys out of your ignition
  • Close and lock all doors and windows
  1. Warning Device

Next is an audible or visible device that will alert thieves that your vehicle is safeguarded. Common devices are:

  • Brake locks
  • Audible alarms
  • Micro dot marking
  • Wheel locks
  • Steering column collars
  • VIN etching
  • Theft deterrent decals
  • Brake pedal/steering wheel lock
  • Identification markers on or in your vehicle
  1. Immobilizing Device

Next layer of protection is a device that will prevent thieves from being able to bypass the ignition and hot-wire your vehicle. Certain electronic devices contain a computer chip in ignition keys. There are other devices that will stop the electricity flow or fuel of your engine until a hidden button or switch is activated. A few examples would be:

  • Kill switches
  • Smart keys
  • Wireless ignition authentication
  • Fuel pump, ignition and starter disablers
  • Fuse cut-offs
  1. GPS Tracking Device

The last recommended layer of protection are GPS tracking devices, which emit a signal to law enforcement or a monitoring station if your car is stolen. These are extremely effective in helping law enforcement recover your stolen vehicle. Certain systems will employ what’s known as “telematics”, which is a combination of wireless technologies and GPS to enable vehicle remote monitoring. If your car is moved, the system alerts you and you can track your vehicle on a computer.

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