By on August 21, 2014

1996 Honda Accord

The National Insurance Crime Bureau released its newest list of the top 10 vehicles most likely to be stolen, with Honda and pickups leading the pack in a year that has seen the lowest number of vehicles stolen since 1967.

Autoblog reports the following made the top 10 list of vehicles most likely to be stolen in 2013 as noted by the NICB:

  • Honda Accord: 53,995
  • Honda Civic: 45,001
  • Chevrolet Pickup (Full Size): 27,809
  • Ford Pickup (Full Size): 26,494
  • Toyota Camry: 14,420
  • Dodge Pickup (Full Size): 11,347
  • Dodge Caravan: 10,911
  • Jeep Cherokee/Grand Cherokee: 9,272
  • Toyota Corolla: 9,010
  • Nissan Altima: 8,892

That said, according to Autoblog, owners of newer Hondas can sleep more soundly than those whose vehicles were made during the start of President Bill Clinton’s final term in office. In 2013, 8,166 1996 Honda Accords were stolen, compared to only 276 2013 Accords.

Meanwhile, 2013 will likely be the first year since 1967 that auto thefts fell below 700,000 stolen, based on preliminary results from the FBI. That number also represents a 50 percent drop in thefts since cresting at 1,661,738 in 1991.

NICB President and CEO Joe Wehrle tempered the good news, however, with a reminder that while this year’s figures are a good sign, “it still amounts to a vehicle being stolen every 45 seconds and losses of over $4 billion a year.”

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38 Comments on “Honda Tops Most Stolen List, Overall Figure Lowest Since 1967...”


  • avatar

    But I’m wondering what the breakdown is for
    “Stolen cars” and “stolen car parts”.

    The Grand Cherokees get hit for their $6000 set of 5-spoke “Goliath” wheels and for hatches, mirrors and parts.

    I have to keep mine locked up in the garage just to be sure no one can learn my driving patterns.

  • avatar
    HerrKaLeun

    Pointless statistics. What is the number of stolen cars per thousand cars existent?
    Of course Honda is on top. The curse of making good cars and selling many of them.

    No one will steal an Aztek. Honda should take that as a badge of honor.

    Any numbers on post 2K models? I bet with electronically coded keys the thefts dropped.

    • 0 avatar
      FormerFF

      The significant point is that it’s hard to steal a newer car.

      As far as the number of cars stolen by model, there’s really nothing to see.

    • 0 avatar
      ClutchCarGo

      “No one will steal an Aztek”

      Not true at all. My wife’s uncle recently had a very worn out 1996 Chrysler T&C van stolen out of his driveway. The police suggested that thieves will target old vehicles that are easier to steal in order to use them as disposable wheels when doing something illegal.

    • 0 avatar
      Scoutdude

      The Hondas usually top the charts when based on per thousand cars sold. If it was just because there were so many out there the Ford and GM trucks would be at the top of the list and the Camry and Corolla would be at similar levels to the Accord and Civic. Hondas are easy to steal and the parts sell quickly for top dollar and they are favored by the crowd that will steal a car or doesn’t have a problem buying stolen parts.

    • 0 avatar
      Luke42

      Yeah, I couldn’t help but notice the list matched the most popular cars pretty well.

      Camcord and F-Series/Silverado/RAM? Check.

    • 0 avatar
      05lgt

      So, why are 3 times as many Accords stolen than Camry’s? It’s not just number of vehicles on the road. If I were shopping Camcords (used of course) this would be somewhere on my decision making matrix: Accords are more than 3x as likely to be stolen. That’s valuable info, and will show up in comprehensive coverage costs too.

  • avatar
    CJinSD

    I’m guessing that every year when this list comes out, someone at Honda wishes they’d put less effort into making cars that last twice as long as everyone else’s, and more effort into making cars that were difficult to steal 20 years ago.

    • 0 avatar
      VCplayer

      They could also have put some effort into making them more difficult to steal back in the 90s.

    • 0 avatar
      DenverMike

      @CJinSD – Calm down there.. Hondas aren’t the most popular ’90s cars (or vehicles) still on the road. Nor the most desired. Just the most easily stolen.

    • 0 avatar
      Scoutdude

      The high theft rate was good for Honda which is why they put zero effort into making them hard to steal. Since their buyers are sheep and will purchase another one without considering anything else the ones that get stolen and not recovered in repairable condition meant another sale. Those that were recovered meant that they’ll get to sell replacement parts to repair them. Its a win-win situation for them.

      • 0 avatar
        CJinSD

        I’m not impressed that you can’t figure out that Honda did address the theft resistance issue, which is why 10 times more 20 year old Accords get stolen every year than five year old Accords do.

        • 0 avatar
          DenverMike

          Honda did eventually fix the problem, thanks to pressure from the insurance industry. But AFTER everyone else. They’d otherwise still be making them extra easy to steal, with a special nod to car thieves…

          And old Hondas aren’t the favorite or most popular cars of general pop. Of car thieves yes.

          By the way CJ, did you PAY for your Honda?????

        • 0 avatar
          Scoutdude

          I’m not impressed that you didn’t figure out that Honda was one of the last to address theft resistance or that even since they added a transponder key they are still easy to steal because there is a built in by-pass. http://automotiveandcommerciallocksmith.blogspot.com/2012/07/emergency-engine-start-procedure-for.html So you only need to know the code to the codes and off you go.

    • 0 avatar
      krhodes1

      In what universe do Hondas last twice as long as Toyotas? Around here they rust about twice as fast. Twice as many get riced out by teenagers I suppose.

      • 0 avatar
        Thatkat09

        Out of the 90s cars still driving around in northern Jersey, I’d have to say the Civic is probably the most common. Followed by the Corrolla and then the Saturn S-Series. Poor things are probably completly corroded underneath but there still putting around. Bodies look fine though, not sure where your getting that they rust twice as fast. Clear-Coat failure is another story though, old Hondas suck in that regard.

  • avatar
    VCplayer

    Cars are just so much harder to steal these days. I’m sure there are groups out there with all of the high-tech equipment to render modern security useless, but your average bum on the street isn’t going to have any luck stealing a modern car.

  • avatar
    schmitt trigger

    “…old vehicles that are easier to steal in order to use them as disposable wheels when doing something illegal.”

    Very true. But Minivans in particular are popular because of their large and enclosed cargo space. You can carry significant amounts of looted stuff, guns or simply people more or less concealed.

    OTOH, I have to agree with HerrKL, that nobody will steal an Aztek, for the simple reason that the vast majority, if not all, are already junkyard queens.

    • 0 avatar
      ClutchCarGo

      This happened recently to someone I know. He had an old minivan stolen from his driveway. It probably helps that minivans are mostly invisible to police if they aren’t obviously breaking any laws.

  • avatar
    28-Cars-Later

    For many years the MY91 Camry was the stolen car of choice for much of the nation, I suppose supply is starting to run low.

  • avatar
    calgarytek

    I love that model range of Accord. It’s generic but looks damn good suped up. Esp with a decent set of wheels.

    Couple that with an H22 swap and some weight reduction (AC, aluminum/CF hood) and it’s real decent.

    Ugh, this was the period when Honda’s were beautiful…

    I didn’t care for them much then, but after putting up with American made scum, I’d take a miled out 96 Accord with a standard as long as the body has no rust. It can have a million KM as long as all it’s got are scratches and scuffs.

    Government Motors still has nothing to match this. Save for JD power and initial quality ratings which are largely meaningless over the long term.

  • avatar
    JMII

    I thought the Acura Integra always topped this list?

    • 0 avatar
      Scoutdude

      The Integra used to be popular because people wanted the parts to “upgrade” their Honda but now there are not that many left. Even if they were recovered with a missing engine, trans, seats and tore up dash/steering column they were totaled and crushed.

  • avatar
    Mandalorian

    Looks like the car thieves have lost their taste for Escalades.

    • 0 avatar
      Luke42

      This list is absolute number of cars stolen over a given year.

      There aren’t enough Escalades sold to make the list, even if every one of them were stolen when the drove off the new car lot. Accordingly, popular cars populate the top of the list.

      The question you’re asking might be better answered by proportion of Escalades stolen over the life of the car.

  • avatar
    Ryoku75

    I’d like to know WHY theifs are targeting Hondas, as search on Craigslist will show that a decent share of Hondas are in no way cleangood enough to resale for much money.

    Most of them are rusty, have stupid stuff done (backwards batteries), and are modded with typical nonsense.

    If anything I think its the mods that thief’s want rather than the cars, I say go for it thief’s! Rid the streets of those ugly rust-buckets that roar at 12 midnight! Rid them of their over-sized boomboxes!

    • 0 avatar
      Pch101

      Older stolen cars often end up in chop shops. Those parts make their way to body shops, where they are used to repair other cars.

    • 0 avatar
      Scoutdude

      There are a couple of reasons that Hondas are the most stolen vehicles. At the top of the list is that they are easy to steal. The ignition lock cylinder is easily defeated, and it is easy to open the doors. The fact that a lot of them are now owned by the “thug life crowd” is another big factor, they either want the mods for their own hooptie or then need the parts like the fenders, hood, headlights, engines and interior bits. Honda replacement parts are expensive and in demand so the their knows they can sell the parts quickly and for good money. Steal a Toyota and good luck finding a buyer for the seats, engine, and transmission will take a while but with the Honda they can sell those parts the next day.

  • avatar
    canddmeyer

    Useless information without the model year and % stolen stats.

  • avatar
    CoreyDL

    This article made me think of things:

    1) Hey that Allroad looks cool in the photo, I like Allroads.
    2) This looks like a Steve Lang photo, and where the hell has Steve Lang been recently?
    3) Blue bowtie in the YouTube image is lies, because they don’t use those on recent models. A blue bowtie would be silly and modern.

    • 0 avatar
      DenverMike

      That’s the best looking Chevy bowtie I’ve seen in forever. The gold they use is in the puke family. How about gold leaf, if gold is a must.

      Or just spray it in the color of the car. But that shade of blue is perfect. Definitely make the emblem smaller, about 3″ across and off to the side, instead of front and center. Designers work hard to make Chevys look good, then that huge Texas belt buckle ruins it.

      • 0 avatar
        Compaq Deskpro

        The Chevy logo in various complimentary colors on the 90’s Cavaliers looks great. I’ve always loved the styling of the 90’s Cavaliers and Sunfires, too bad the quality couldn’t live up to it.

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