Honda Accord And Civic Are Top Sellers, Also Top Stolen!
Year after year, the Honda Accord and Civic place among the top-ten best-selling vehicles in the United States, a list that is usually led by the Ford, Chevrolet Silverado, and Ram full-size pickup trucks, as well as the Toyota Camry and Corolla. Obviously, manufacturers take great pride in being among the best-selling vehicles each year.
A more dubious honor is being included as the top pick in the annual “Hot Wheels” report -- published each summer by the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) -- which identifies the 10 most stolen vehicles in the United States. Holding that honor once again this year are the Honda Accord and Civic, followed by the Ford, Chevrolet, and Ram pickup trucks, along with the Toyota Camry.
For 2014, the most stolen vehicles in the nation were as follows:
1. Honda Accord: 51,290
2. Honda Civic: 43,936
3. Ford full-size* pickups: 28,680
4. Chevrolet full-size pickups: 23,196
5. Toyota Camry: 14,605
6. Dodge/Ram full-size pickups: 11,075
7. Dodge Caravan: 10,483
8. Nissan Altima: 9,109
9. Acura Integra: 6,902
10. Nissan Maxima: 6,586
(Full size pickups include half ton and larger capacity models for all makes. )
Although vehicle theft has been on a long downward trajectory, it is still a severe economic hardship for many to lose their vehicle to theft—especially if their vehicle is uninsured. That is why NICB continues to advise all drivers to follow these four “Layers of Protection”:
• Common Sense: Lock your car and take your keys. It’s simple enough, but many thefts occur because owners make it easy for thieves to steal their cars.
• Warning Device: Having and using a visible or audible warning device is another item that can ensure that your car remains where you left it.
• Immobilizing Device: Generally speaking, if your vehicle can’t be started, it can’t be stolen. “Kill” switches, fuel cut-offs and smart keys are among the devices that are extremely effective.
• Tracking Device: A tracking device emits a signal to the police or to a monitoring station when the vehicle is stolen. Tracking devices are very effective in helping authorities recover stolen vehicles. Some systems employ “telematics,” which combine GPS and wireless technologies to allow remote monitoring of a vehicle. If the vehicle is moved, the system will alert the owner and the vehicle can be tracked via computer.
Headquartered in Des Plaines, Ill., the 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. See the complete report here. Or paste this link into your browser: https://www.nicb.org/File Library/Public Affairs/2014_State_Top10for-release.xls