NICB names top 10 most-stolen vehicles for 2011 in US and Ohio…

NICB names top 10 most-stolen vehicles for 2011 in US and Ohio – Key code thefts a growing concern while overall thefts continue to decline

August 20, 2012 (DES PLAINES, Ill.) – The National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) today released Hot Wheels 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 in 2011. See the full report at www.nicb.org. The report also provides state-by-state top stolen vehicles. Ohio’s are noted below.

Top stolen vehicles* in the US

Rank

US 2011 Ranking

US 2010 Ranking

1.

1994 Honda Accord

1994 Honda Accord

2.

1998 Honda Civic

1995 Honda Civic

3.

2006 Ford Pickup (Full Size)

1991 Toyota Camry

4.

1991 Toyota Camry

1999 Chevrolet Pickup (Full Size)

5.

2000 Dodge Caravan

1997 Ford F150 Series/Pickup

6.

1994 Acura Integra

2004 Dodge Ram

7.

1999 Chevrolet Pickup (Full Size)

2000 Dodge Caravan

8.

2004 Dodge Pickup (Full Size)

1994 Acura Integra

9.

2002 Ford Explorer

2002 Ford Explorer

10.

1994 Nissan Sentra

1999 Ford Taurus

Top stolen vehicles* in Ohio

Rank

OHIO 2011 Ranking

OHIO 2010 Ranking

1.

2000 Dodge Caravan

2000 Dodge Caravan

2.

1994 Chevrolet Pickup (Full Size)

1994 Honda Accord

3.

1996 Honda Accord

1994 Chevrolet Pickup (Full Size)

4.

1996 Oldsmobile Cutlass/Supreme/Ciera

1999 Ford Taurus

5.

1999 Ford Pickup (Full Size)

2000 Honda Civic

6.

1994 Buick Century

1995 Oldsmobile Cutlass/Supreme/Ciera

7.

1998 Ford Taurus

1996 Buick Century

8.

1998 Honda Civic

1997 Chevrolet Pickup (S-10)

9.

2005 Chevrolet Impala

1998 Chevrolet Cavalier

10.

1996 Chevrolet Pickup (Small Size)

2002 Ford Explorer

* This report reflects stolen vehicle data reported to NCIC in 2011. No further filtering of information is conducted, i.e., determining the total number of a particular make and model currently registered in the U.S. for comparison purposes. For purposes of this report, full size pickups include half ton and larger capacity models for all makes.

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.

The top 10 places were evenly split in 2011 with five belonging to foreign brands and five to U.S. automakers.  Most popular models among the domestic brands were Ford, Dodge and Chevrolet pickup trucks each holding one spot with the Dodge Caravan and Ford Explorer rounding out the domestic models.

Once again, 2011 is on track to continue the national vehicle theft decline.  Preliminary 2011 FBI crime statistics indicate a 3.3 percent reduction from the 737,142 thefts recorded in 2010.  Vehicle thefts have not been this low since 1967. “While overall thefts continue to decline, we are seeing a trend toward increases in the thefts of late model vehicles − ones that are theoretically harder to steal due to sophisticated key code technology,” said NICB President and CEO Joe Wehrle.

“Today’s vehicle thieves are typically professional criminals who have figured out how to get the key code for a specific vehicle, have a replacement key made, and steal the vehicle within a matter of days. We are aware of nearly 300 thefts that took place in the first three months of this year in which we believe replacement keys using illegally obtained key codes were used to steal the vehicle.  We are working closely with our member companies, law enforcement, and the vehicle manufacturers to track these illegal key code transactions and stop the thefts or recover the stolen vehicles before they can be resold here or shipped out of the country to be sold overseas.”

For more on key code thefts, watch this video.

Even one theft is one too many if it happens to you.  NICB urges motorists to follow its “layered approach” to auto theft prevention. By employing these simple, low-cost suggestions, people can make their vehicles less attractive to thieves.

Anyone with information concerning vehicle theft and insurance fraud can report it anonymously by calling toll-free 1-800-TEL-NICB (1-800-835-6422), texting keyword “fraud” to TIP411 (847411) or by visiting our website at www.nicb.org.

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.  NICB is supported by more than 1,100 property and casualty insurance companies and self-insured organizations.

OII is a trade association representing insurance companies and agent groups for Ohio’s property/casualty industry. Its main objective is to increase understanding of insurance and related safety issues.

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OHIO AUTO THEFT FACTS
• 2006 – 2011 Ohio Vehicle Thefts
2006                 37,425
2007                 33,779             9.7 % decrease
2008                 28,738              14.9% decrease
2009                 22,660              21.1% decrease
2010                 21,118               6.8 % decrease
2011                 20,421 *            3.3% decrease (estimate)

* FBI Uniform Crime Reports 2011 preliminary data suggests a 3.3% decrease in motor vehicle thefts throughout the US between 2010-2011. OII estimates the Ohio 2011 auto theft figure at 20,421 (2010 figure of 21,118 thefts less 3.3%).

• Ohio Cities with Population over 100,000 – 2010 and 2011 Preliminary Auto Theft Figures

 

AKRON

CINCINNATI

CLEVELAND

COLUMBUS

DAYTON

TOLEDO1

2011

804

1,270

4,089

3,615

633

1,465

2010

752

1,619

3,510

4,159

673

1,197

1 The FBI determined that the agency did not follow national Uniform Crime Reporting Program guidelines for reporting an offense.

• Based on 2011 preliminary figures from the FBI Uniform Crime Reports, theft activity is decreasing across the country. 2011 marks the eighth consecutive year of Ohio auto theft declines.

RELATED LINKS
• NICB’s Hot Wheels 2011
• National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) Hot Spots 2011
• NICB YouTube clip on key code thefts
• NICB’s Hot Wheels 2010 – OII’s 2011 release
• NICB’s Hot Wheels 2009 – OII’s 2010 release

CONTACTS
NICB Contact:
Frank Scafidi, fscafidi@nicb.org, 916.979.1510
Ohio info: Mary Bonelli/Mitch Wilson, maryb@ohioinsurance.org, mitchw@ohioinsurance.org, 614.228.1593

Posted on: August 20th, 2012 at 7:44pm by bwittenbaum. Filed under: Ohio Insurance News
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