Vehicle theft is a big problem in America according to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, More than 10 lakh vehicles were stolen across the country in 2022.
“Motor vehicle theft is a crime that costs Americans more than $8 billion each year,” NHTSA Acting Administrator Ann Carlson said earlier this year.
It appears that some vehicles are more tempting to thieves than others. to insureAn insurance comparison website analyzed the data and created a list of the most commonly stolen vehicles.
5. Honda CR-V
According to Insurify, the Honda CR-V has a theft rate of 432 per 100,000 vehicles. In 2022, more than 13,000 CR-Vs were reported stolen.
“Thieves often target 2001 CR-Vs because anti-theft systems are less advanced,” Insurify says.
The company says the CR-V was the most stolen vehicle in 2021.
4. Kia Optima
It appears that a viral TikTok challenge has contributed to the Kia Optima making the list. Videos posted on the app showed people how easily vehicles can be stolen.
According to Insurify, the Optima has a theft rate of 534 per 100,000 vehicles.
in February, Kia announced It will provide vehicle owners with a software upgrade to prevent theft. This upgrade was in direct response to the TikTok video.
3. Ford full-size pickup
One of the most popular vehicles in the country is one of the most stolen vehicles. Insurify says the theft rate for pickups is 604 out of 100,000 vehicles.
“The most commonly stolen model year is 2006, because older F-Series trucks are easier to steal because they have the ignition switches under the steering column,” Insurify said.
2. GMC Full-Size Pickup
The resale value of GMC full-size pickups may contribute to their high theft rates. Insurify calculates that out of every 100,000 vehicles, 856 pickups are stolen.
Trucks from the 2005 model year can reportedly still sell for around $20,000.
1.Chevrolet full-size pickup
The top three most stolen vehicles have something in common – they’re all pickups. Chevrolet full-size pickups are the most popular vehicles among thieves, with a theft rate of 886 per 100,000 vehicles.
Insurify notes that 2004 models are the most popular among car thieves, possibly due to their less sophisticated anti-theft systems.