The National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) has released the top ten stolen cars in the United States in 2009. Topping the list is the 1994 Honda Accord; three trucks and one minivan make this year’s list.
Is your car in danger of being stolen? If it's in the top ten, beware:
1. 1994 Honda Accord
2. 1995 Honda Civic
3. 1991 Toyota Camry
4. 1997 Ford F-150 Pickup
5. 2004 Dodge Ram Pickup
6. 2000 Dodge Caravan
7. 1994 Chevrolet Full Size Pickup
8. 1994 Acura Integra
9. 2002 Ford Explorer
10. 2009 Toyota Corolla
The NICB has also confirmed that 794,616 vehicles were stolen in 2009. This was the sixth consecutive year that the number of vehicles stolen has declined.
The total stood at 956,846 in 2008. This year's numbers are far off the peak of 2003, when a total of 1,261,226 vehicles were stolen.
The NICB estimates that most stolen vehicles are never recovered. Most are taken to chop shops and broken down for parts.
It’s interesting to note that three trucks are on the most stolen list. The trucks are a big hit with thieves in states with more rural populations. For example, the 1994 Ford F-150 (#4 on the most stolen national list) topped the chart with thieves in North and South Dakota, Alaska, West Virginia, Arkansas, North Carolina, and Louisiana. This compares to the 1994 Honda Accord, which was the most stolen vehicle in New York, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, and California.