Most stolen cars of 2012

By , Posted on 20 August 2013

1.

Honda Accord

(58,596)

2.

Honda Civic

(47,037)

3.

Ford Pickup (Full Size)

(26,770)

4.

Chevrolet Pickup (Full Size)

(23,745)

5.

Toyota Camry

(16,251)

6.

Dodge Caravan

(11,799)

7.

Dodge Pickup (Full Size)

(11,755)

8.

Acura Integra

(9,555)

9.

Nissan Altima

(9,169)

10.

Nissan Maxima

(6,947)

Results broken down by model year show that older Honda Accords and Civics were by far the most stolen models for the year. The 1996 Accord ranked No. 1 with 8,637 thefts. Accords and Civics account for the first 16 spots on the most stolen list and all are 1990-2000 models.  By comparison, newer Hondas are rarely stolen, thanks to improved anti-theft technology, according to the NICB.

The NICB this year also crunched the numbers for the top model year 2012 stolen vehicles for this year:

1.

Nissan Altima

(921)

2.

Chevrolet Impala

(778)

3.

Chevrolet Malibu

(727)

4.

Toyota Camry

(665)

5.

Ford Fusion

(655)

6.

Ford Pickup Full Size

(595)

7.

Ford Focus

(523)

8.

Chrysler 200

(449)

9.

Dodge Charger

(416)

10.

Dodge Avenger

(412)

"Although the FBI is predicting a 1.3 percent increase in 2012 vehicle thefts over 2011's number—reversing an eight-year trend—the overall vehicle theft picture is still positive.  The peak year for vehicle thefts was 1991 with 1,661,738.  If the FBI's preliminary 2012 vehicle theft estimate holds, there will have been roughly 724,672 thefts.  That's a national decrease of over 50 percent since 1991 with many states seeing even better numbers," according to the NICB statement.   

If your car is stolen, you must have comprehensive coverage to file a claim.Most car insurers will give you a discount on premiums if you have an anti-theft device, such as an alarm or wheel lock, installed on your vehicle. How much your discount will be depends on your insurer and where you live, but the National Association of Insurance Commissioners says motorists can usually expect a 15 to 20 percent discount on their comprehensive premiums.

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Michelle Megna

Michelle Megna

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Michelle Megna has worked as a reporter and editor for many daily newspapers, magazines and websites covering government, education, technology and lifestyles during her 20 years as a journalist. She joined Insurance.com as managing editor in October 2011.

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