Because of well-documented advancements in vehicle technology and safety, auto theft numbers have decreased from 1.7 million units in 1991 to just over 765,000 in 2016; that’s a decrease of over one million incidents, but the threat still remains. Today, we want to show you the most commonly stolen used vehicles in the United States so that you can be made aware, and know how to avoid this potentially happening to you.
10 most stolen used sedans and pickups in America
There is a definite trend among the most commonly stolen used models in our nation; across the board, sedans and pickup trucks are much more likely to be the victim of theft. Of course, the reasons for this can be chalked up to them being more common, and with many of the top 10 being from vehicle years older than 2010, anti-theft technology just simply isn’t as good as it is today. With that being said, here are the most commonly stolen makes and models, based off data compiled by the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NCIB) in 2017:
How to decrease the risk of your vehicle being stolen
Most instances of vehicle theft happen because of owner negligence, with causes as simple as leaving your doors unlocked or keeping the key in the ignition when you’re making a quick run inside the gas station.
Keeping these two aspects in mind on the drive is important, but to make your vehicle even more theft-proof, we can’t recommend strongly enough that you keep any valuable objects hidden and well-protected inside. Besides straight-up stealing a vehicle, many robbers keep an eye on these valuables (like jewelry, electronics, etc.) to take off your hands. Knowing this, we hope you keep your models protected – grand larceny doesn’t have to happen to you.