10 Most Stolen Cars in 2015

Man breaking into a vehicle
Image courtesy of [DAJ] / Getty Images.

What are the 10 most commonly stolen cars and trucks? The answer is in the latest Hot Wheels report published by the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB). The report lists the ten vehicles that were most frequently stolen in 2015. As in previous years, Hondas and American-made pickup trucks head the list.

Top 10 Stolen Vehicles

Here are the cars and trucks that made the top 10 list of vehicle thefts in 2015.

The list shows the year, make and model of each vehicle as well as the number of autos that were stolen during the year.

 Vehicle # Stolen
11996 Honda Accord52,244
21998 Honda Civic49,430
32006 Ford Full-size Pickup29,396
42004 Chevrolet Full-size Pickup27,771
52014 Toyota Camry15,466
62001 Dodge Full-size Pickup11,212
72014 Toyota Corolla10,547
82015 Nissan Altima10,374
92002 Dodge Caravan9,798
102008 Chevrolet Impala9,225

Why These Vehicles Were Targeted

You can see from the table that Honda Accords and Civics were stolen in far greater numbers than the other vehicles on the list. Accords and Civics have been popular for years. Because there are millions of them on the road, they are easy targets for thieves. Most of the Accords and Civics that were stolen in 2015 were 1990s models. Many were likely taken for parts. These cars are easy to steal because they lack the anti-theft devices found on modern cars.

Three vehicles on the top ten list are pickups and one (the Dodge Caravan) is a minivan. These vehicles are popular because of their size and versatility. They are used by both businesses and individuals. Their large size makes them conspicuous and easily spotted by thieves.

The Hot Wheels list includes two 2014 Toyotas (the Camry and the Corolla) and the 2015 Nissan Altima.

  Some of these vehicles may have been stolen for parts. Others may have been resold, either in the U.S. or overseas. Toyota has produced the Camry, in various iterations, since 1982. Like the Honda Accord and Civic, the Camry is very popular. Camrys are vulnerable to theft because thieves have so many of them to choose from.

The fact that three late-model cars are on the Hot Wheels list may seem surprising. These cars were equipped with modern anti-theft technology. Clearly, technology alone won't prevent all thefts. Some of these cars may have been stolen by hackers. However, others were likely taken because the keys were left inside. Many thieves are opportunists. To a thief, a vehicle with a key inside is a gift too good to pass up.

State-by-State Differences

In addition to the nationwide Hot Wheels report, the NICB has published a spreadsheet listing the top ten stolen vehicles in each state. The list reflects local vehicle preferences. For example, eight of out the ten most stolen vehicles in California were passenger cars. Only two were pickups. In Oklahoma, five of the most stolen vehicles were pickup trucks. The remaining five were passenger cars. The numbers reflect the fact that pickups are more popular in Oklahoma than in California.

Most-Stolen 2015 Models

The NICB's Hot Wheels report also includes a list of the ten most stolen 2015 model vehicles. The following were "thieves' choice" in 2015. 

Vehicle# Stolen
Nissan Altima1,104
Chrysler 2001,069
Toyota Camry923
Toyota Corolla776
GMC Sierra670
Dodge Charger666
Hyundai Sonata632
Chevrolet Malibu629
Chevrolet Impala594
Chevrolet Cruz586

 

Interestingly, neither the Honda Accord nor the Civic appears on the 2015 model year list. Instead, the list includes two Toyotas and three Chevrolets. Thieves' preferences may have changed.

Protect Yourself Against Theft Losses

It is important to protect your business against auto theft losses whether or not your vehicles appear on the Hot Wheels list. Here are some easy steps you can take to discourage thieves.

  • Lock your vehicle!  An unlocked auto is an invitation to a thief.
  • Don't leave keys inside an unattended vehicle! This may seem obvious but many vehicles are stolen with the keys inside.
  • Install an anti-theft-device. Many modern vehicles have a built-in alarm or "smart key" system. If your vehicle doesn't have one, try using a theft deterrent such as a steering wheel lock, brake lock, or engine immobilizer.
  • Purchase physical damage coverage for your vehicles under your commercial auto policy.