The Most Stolen Cars in America

Is your automobile most likely to catch a thief's eye? A report by the Highway Loss Data Institute reveals the top 20 vehicles most likely to be stolen.
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If you own a Ford or Chevrolet pickup truck, you may want to keep your eyes peeled — they’re the most stolen cars in America.

Both of those vehicles were reported stolen more than 40,000 times in 2020, according to a the National Insurance Crime Bureau. Two other pickup models were among the top 10 most stolen cars that year, as was the most popular car of all-time. Interestingly, the most commonly stolen vehicle in Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York and Rhode Island was the same: Honda Accord.

Car theft of all makes and models was up in 2020, the NICB reports. “Auto thefts saw a dramatic increase in 2020 versus 2019 in part due to the pandemic, an economic downturn, law enforcement realignment, depleted social and schooling programs, and, in still too many cases, owner complacency,” said David Glawe, president and CEO of the NICB. “For many people, a car is the second largest investment they will ever make behind a home. No matter what kind of vehicle you have, take steps to protect your investment – lock your car and take your keys.”

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So, is your car also the apple of a robber’s eye?

The 10 Most Frequently Stolen Vehicles in 2020

  1. Ford Pickup (full-size)
  2. Chevrolet Pickup (full-size)
  3. Honda Civic
  4. Honda Accord
  5. Toyota Camry
  6. Nissan Altima
  7. GMC Pick-up (full-size)
  8. Toyota Corolla
  9. Honda CR-V
  10. Dodge Pickup (full-size)

What do you think thieves look for when they’re looking for an easy mark? Let us know in the comments below. 

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4 Thoughts on “The Most Stolen Cars in America

  1. What would be interesting to note is the number of vehicles stolen as a percentage of that vehicle. So, BMW 3-series is best but is that 10 out of 100 or 10 out of 1,000? That makes a difference rather than just the pure number of stolen vehicles. And there are relatively few Teslas compared to a Dodge Charger.

    1. Those are all great points, Allison, thanks so much for reading. The report measured the theft claim frequency per 1,000 insured vehicle years and an
      average loss payment per whole vehicle theft (or claim severity), resulting in an average loss payment per insured vehicle year. So, it’s a relative number (like a per-capita data set) and I’m sure plenty of extrapolation was done to arrive at the final numbers. But when it comes to the Tesla, I really think the fact that they’re often garaged (or otherwise often close to a power source overnight) may explain part of why they’re not stolen as often.

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