Aug 20th, 2012 by Ross Edwards
The National Insurance Crime Bureau has released the top ten stolen cars for 2011. The list includes every vehicle reported stolen to police, and includes cars that were not insured when they were stolen. The list is interesting in the mix of older, easier to steal vehicles and newer more valuable ones with better anti theft . The newer vehicles are all trucks and the older vehicles all cars, which is interesting, possibly because trucks get beaten up a lot sooner in their lifetimes than cars do and need replacement parts earlier.
The first years of a new generation of a car seem to be very popular for thieves, which make sense since they have the same technology as cars several years newer (which means the parts will fit newer cars and presumably command a higher premium) but are less valuable, and probably more likely to be less secure. The 1994 Honda Accord, 1991 Toyota Camry, 1994 Acura Integra, 1999 Chevy Silverado and 2002 Ford Explorer all represent the first year of a new generation of the vehicle.
That being said, the 2000 Dodge Grand Caravan and 1994 Nissan Sentra were the last years of the generations of those cars. Maybe the 1996-2000 Dodge Grand Caravan and 1991-1994 Nissan Sentra are much easier to steal than the 2001-2007 Grand Caravans and 1995-1999 Sentra models. Another option is that the older models are more desirable, which is particularly likely in the case of the Sentra.
Top ten Most stolen cars for 2011:
3. 2006 Ford Pickup (All F-Series models included)
7. 1999 Chevrolet Pickup (Full Size)
8. 2004 Dodge Pickup (Full Size)