The NICB's annual report tracks stolen vehicles as reported by law enforcement agencies, and thanks to the growing plethora of anti-theft devices built into new vehicles, the list always skews old. Of the nearly 52,000 Honda Accords stolen in 2010, NICB says over 44,000 were models made in the 1990s, compared with fewer than 5,700 swiped Hondas made since 2000.
Older cars tend to lead the most-swiped list because their parts are still valuable even if their owners don't treat them as such.
While the NICB list tracks total thefts, other crime-counting agencies slice things differently. The Highway Loss Data Institute looks at insurance losses as well as actual thefts; its charts are dominated by the Cadillac Escalade and other luxury SUVs. LoJack's analysis of calls to its center generally matches NICB's, although it adds a few models such as the Nissan Maxima.
Even so, the rate of car thefts is dropping so quickly that the NICB estimates 2010 may have recorded the fewest purloined vehicles in the United States since 1967 — the last time robbers wore masks to identify themselves in broad daylight.
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1. 1995 Honda Accord
2. 1995 Honda Civic
3. 1991 Toyota Camry
4. 1999 Chevrolet Pickup
5. 1997 Ford F150
6. 2004 Dodge Ram
7. 2000 Dodge Caravan
8. 1994 Acura Integra
9. 2002 Ford Explorer
10. 1999 Ford Taurus