The annual report «Hot Wheels» of the National Insurance Crime Bureau, or NICB for its acronym in English, on theft of vehicles in the United States, shows a worrying picture with an increase of 11% in the incidence of this crime during the first full calendar year of the pandemic. According to the report, during 2020 in the United States a vehicle was stolen every 36 seconds.
According to the NICB report, the COVID-19 pandemic played a major role in the increase in vehicle thefts nationwide. The business closures necessary to contain the advance of the coronavirus and the economic difficulties caused by the resulting economic recession contributed to the increase, but Hot Wheels also points to a growing lack of care from drivers, who left their vehicles unlocking or even with Keys in the ignition also contributed to the increase in thefts.
“For many people, the car represents the second largest investment they will make in their lives behind their home,” explained David Glawe, president and CEO of the NICB, who advised the public that “regardless of the type of vehicle they have, take the necessary steps to protect your investment: lock the car and take the key with you.
The list of the 10 most stolen vehicles in the United States during 2020, is comprised of six Japanese-brand sedans, three large domestic-brand pickups, and a Japanese-brand compact crossover, showing that the crossover and SUV fever that took the market by storm has yet to hit American criminals.
These were the 10 most stolen models in the United States during 2020 according to the NICB:
10. Ram Pickup
The owners of the Stellantis full-size pickups experienced a total of 11,991 during 2020, representing a 6.2% increase over the number of these trucks stolen during 2019. The most popular Ram model among outsiders was 2001.
9. Honda CR-V
In 2020, America’s vehicle thieves claimed 12,309 units of Honda’s popular compact crossover making it not only the most stolen crossover in America, but also the only one to make the list of the 10 most stolen vehicles in America during 2020. The thieves’ favorite model was the 2000, while the increase in thefts of CR-Vs in relation to 2019 was 21.9%, well above the general increase at the national level.
8. Toyota Corolla
The Toyota’s popular compact, one of the most favored models by Latino buyers in the United States, is also a favorite of car thieves in this country, with 12,515 units stolen in 2020. Thieves prefer their new Corollas as the Most stolen model was 2020. Toyota Corolla thefts increased by 3.1% over 2019 figures.
7. GMC Sierra
GMC’s large pickup was the victim of a total of 13,016 thefts during 2020, representing a 16.6% increase in crimes against this vehicle. The most popular model among thieves in the United States was 2005.
6. Nissan Altima
The Nissan’s midsize family sedan, one of the best-selling in the United States, is also one of the most stolen, with a total of 14,668 units victims of vehicle theft crime in the United States. As in the case of the Toyota Corolla, the most stolen model was 2020, while the increase in thefts with the Altima as a victim compared to 2019 was 9.8%.
5. Toyota Camry
A total of 16,915 units of Toyota’s immensely popular family sedan fell victim to US car thefts in 2020, representing an 8.0% increase in thefts of this particular model over 2019. The most stolen Camries were those of the year 2019.
Almost doubling the number of units of its archrival the Toyota Camry, the Honda’s family sedan suffered a total of 30,814 thefts in 2020, but unlike the Camry whose 2020 model was the most popular among thieves, the most stolen Accord corresponded to the 1997 one, despite its 24 years of age, which speaks good of the longevity of the vehicles manufactured by Honda. With 0.2% more Accord theft in 2020 than in 2019, the year-over-year increase in theft of this model was the smallest on the list.
3. Honda Civic
Third on the list is held by the popular Honda compact a favorite of tuners and housewives alike. Civic owners suffered 34,144 thefts in 2020, an increase of 2.8% over 2019, with the 2000 model year leading the way in stolen Civics.
The Chevrolet’s large pickup came in second on the list with a whopping 25.7% jump in the number of thefts with a total of 40,968 units taken without permission. The model of the Chevrolet Silverado most favored by thieves in the United States was the one corresponding to the year 2004.
1. Ford F-Series
The family of Ford’s large pickups were not only the best-selling vehicle in the United States in 2020, but also the most stolen, for the second year in a row, with 44,014 units falling victim to this criminal scourge. This represents nearly four times more F-Series pickup thefts than the Ram pickup, which is the third-best-selling pickup in the country and No. 10 on this list. The number of F-Series pickup thefts in 2020 increased by 13.0% over 2019, with the 2006 model leading the way in thief preferences.