The ten most-stolen cars of 2010

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The 2010 tally of the most-stolen cars from the National Insurance Crime Bureau suggests that America's car thieves still watch "Friends" reruns and write in Bill Clinton on every ballot.

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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.

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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

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2. 1995 Honda Civic

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3. 1991 Toyota Camry

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4. 1999 Chevrolet Pickup

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5. 1997 Ford F150

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6. 2004 Dodge Ram

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7. 2000 Dodge Caravan

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8. 1994 Acura Integra

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9. 2002 Ford Explorer

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10. 1999 Ford Taurus

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DISCUSSION

potbellyjoe
PotbellyJoe and 42 others

These lists are never surprising when you consider why cars are stolen.

1. There were a shit ton of these cars sold and therefore still on the road, so you have opportunity.

2. No one will suspect the guy driving a 1993 Honda Accord of stealing it, the same way you would a guy driving away in a Lambo, plus they are less obvious in traffic, so you have mitigated risk.

3. Since there are a ton of these cars on the road that are getting older, they begin to need parts, meaning a chop shop can tear down the stolen car and sell the parts easily to a large market, unlike more exclusive vehicles that have limited demand for parts, so you have reward.

Now when you analyze the number of cars of a certain model stolen by the number of those vehicles sold. You get an entirely different list that is full of Escalades, Yukons and other vehicles like that thanks to the low amounts of sales versus Camrys and Corollas, and the desirability to a smash and grab thief.