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When you think of the type of cars most likely to get stolen, a family car like the Toyota Camry doesn’t usually come to mind.
But the fact is that the Camry has been at or near the top of most-stolen vehicles for quite some time and is again for 2009, according to a new report from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
The data from 2009 is interesting, if not a little disconcerting. From a family vehicle perspective, the 2009 Toyota Camry/Solara, with 781 stolen in 2009, out of a total of 447,882 built, has a theft rate of 1.74 per 1,000 vehicles. So, while it was the most stolen vehicle in 2009, the Camry actually ranks number 50 on the list when ranked by theft rate.
Number one on the list is the 2009 Audi S8. As pointed out in TheCarConnection, just two of the 227 S8s built that year were stolen, but the theft rate is 8.81.
Other family cars on the most-stolen list in 2009, ranked by total numbers stolen, include:
Lower on the total number stolen list are the 2009 Honda Accord with 297 stolen out of 315,205 built (0.94 theft rate) and the 2009 Honda Civic with 218 stolen out of 278,426 built (theft rate of 0.78). At number 194 on the list was the now-discontinued 2009 Mercury Mariner, posting just two thefts out of 25,682 built that year, a theft rate of 0.08.
We should point out that, overall, the number of vehicles stolen is decreasing. In 2009, it was 1.33 vehicles stolen per 1,000. In 2008, it was 1.69 thefts per 1,000 vehicles, a decrease of 21.3 percent. The NHTSA attributes the drop to “increased use of anti-theft devices (i.e. immobilizers), vehicle parts marking, increased and improved prosecution efforts by law enforcement organizations and increased public awareness measures.”