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Honda was again the favorite brand among car thieves in 2014, according to the National Insurance Crime Bureau.

In its annual Hot Wheels report that identifies the 10 most stolen vehicles in the United States, the bureau also said the full-size For pickup truck was the most stolen vehicle of the 2014 model year.

The NICB report is based on vehicle theft data submitted by law enforcement to the National Crime Information Center.

For 2014, the most stolen vehicles* in the nation were (total thefts in parentheses):

 1.  Honda Accord (51,290)
 2.  Honda Civic (43,936)
 3.  Ford Pickup (Full Size) (28,680)
 4.  Chevrolet Pickup (Full Size)  (23,196)
 5.  Toyota Camry  (14,605)
 6.  Dodge Pickup (Full Size)  (11,075)
 7.  Dodge Caravan   (10,483)
 8.  Nissan Altima (9,109)
 9.  Acura Integra (6,902)
10. Nissan Maxima  (6,586)

To view the full report access https://www.nicb.org/File Library/Public Affairs/2014_State_Top10for-release.xls

The following are the top 10 2014 model year vehicles stolen during calendar year 2014:

1.   Ford Pickup Full Size              (964)
2.   Toyota Camry                      (869)
3.   Ford Fusion                      (819)
4.   Chevrolet Impala                 (746)
5.   Nissan Altima                   (687)
6.   Dodge Charger                     (680)
7.   Taotao Industry Co.  Scooter/Moped (592)
8.   Toyota Corolla                 (578)
9.   Chevrolet Cruze                          (566)
10. Ford Focus                       (505)

Although vehicle theft has been on a long downward trajectory, it is still a severe economic hardship for many to lose their vehicle to theft — especially if a vehicle is uninsured. That is why NICB continues to advise all drivers to review our four "Layers of Protection":  

  • Common Sense: Lock your car and take your keys. It's simple enough, but many thefts occur because owners make it easy for thieves to steal their cars.
  • Warning Device: Having and using a visible or audible warning device is another item that can ensure that your car remains where you left it.
  • Immobilizing Device: Generally speaking, if your vehicle can't be started, it can't be stolen. "Kill" switches, fuel cut-offs and smart keys are among the devices that are extremely effective.
  • Tracking Device: A tracking device emits a signal to the police or to a monitoring station when the vehicle is stolen. Tracking devices are very effective in helping authorities recover stolen vehicles.  Some systems employ "telematics," which combine GPS and wireless technologies to allow remote monitoring of a vehicle.  If the vehicle is moved, the system will alert the owner and the vehicle can be tracked via computer.

Considering a used vehicle purchase? Check out VINCheckSM, a free vehicle history service for consumers. Since 2005, NICB has offered this limited service made possible by its participating member companies. Check it out at: www.nicb.org/vincheck.

Anyone with information concerning insurance fraud or vehicle theft can report it anonymously by calling toll-free 800-TEL-NICB (800-835-6422), texting keyword "fraud" to TIP411 (847411) or submitting a form on our website. Or, download the NICB Fraud Tips app on your iPhone or Android device.

About the National Insurance Crime Bureau: Basedeadquartered in Des Plaines, Illinois, the NICB is the nation's leading not-for-profit organization exclusively dedicated to preventing, detecting and defeating insurance fraud and vehicle theft through data analytics, investigations, training, legislative advocacy and public awareness. The NICB is supported by more than 1,100 property and casualty insurance companies and self-insured organizations. NICB member companies wrote over $395 billion in insurance premiums in 2014, or more than 78 percent of the nation's property/casualty insurance. That includes more than 93 percent ($176 billion) of the nation's personal auto insurance. To learn more visit www.nicb.org.

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