Top 10 Most Stolen Cars

Car thiefEvery 44 seconds, according to the FBI, a car gets stolen in America. If you think you’re immune because you don’t drive a flashy sports car, think again: the most stolen models are the ordinary vehicles that many of us drive every day.

Here are the top 10 of 2014, compiled by the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB):

10. Nissan Maxima

Nissan’s flagship Maxima sedan has changed its looks quite a bit over the years, but it remains a fairly simple vehicle that’s great for day-to-day commuting.

9. Acura Integra

While no longer sold by Acura, there are still enough Integras on the road for them to be a major target.

8. Nissan Altima

The Altima remains Nissan’s top selling model and was the second best-selling car in the United States in 2011.

7. Dodge Caravan

A great people-mover and the best-selling minivan of its generation.

6. Dodge Pickup (Full Size)

One of three pickups to make the list.

5. Toyota Camry

A top passenger vehicle that continues to move well today.

4. Chevrolet Pickup (Full Size)

A big seller for Chevrolet, and another of the many pickups that thieves have targeted.

3. Ford Pickup (Full Size)

Ford’s popular truck continues to be the top-selling vehicle in the country, putting it in high demand.

2. Honda Civic

The Honda Accord’s smaller brother comes in second. It’s a fun car to drive and apparently highly sought after.

1. Honda Accord

A great, reliable family car. Thieves have picked up on its utilitarian value.

The NICB offers a few simple ideas to help safeguard your vehicle:


These low-cost options include alarm systems, steering-column locks and getting your VIN and serial number permanently etched on your windshield.


These prevent thieves from bypassing the ignition to hot-wire your vehicle. They include start, ignition and fuel disablers, wireless ignition authentication and smart keys.


This helps you recover your vehicle if it’s stolen.

Common Sense

It costs you nothing and should be part of your driving routine. Park in well-lit areas and remember to lock your doors and remove your keys from the ignition, even if you’re only stepping out of your car for a moment.

Auto theft is an all-too-common experience. Here’s what to do if your car is ever stolen.

By Travis Persaud

Next article: Where in America is Your Car Most Likely to Be Stolen?

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  1. Steven says

    Pretty good overview. One thing not covered is that etching your VIN on the windows may not be a good idea, although it might prevent theft of the window. Thieves can order a key for the car if they have the VIN, so might be a good idea to cover the VIN below the windshield to prevent that. A business sized card (blank would be best) might do that.

  2. Huntington Williams says

    These are excellent articles. But why not include back seat passengers in more of the emphasis. As an EMT responding to many vehicle accidents, and remembering some of the worst ones, I struggle with rear seat belts whenever I occupy the rear passenger places.

  3. Pete smith says

    This is very good information but when you have some no good person to breaks into the garage where your vehicle is there to be worked on, and break the gate down and steal it, that’s pretty sicklin. Too bad for me. It’s been four days now and hadn’t heard from law enforcement

  4. Dharampaul Saintu says

    Get your car stolen is an unpleasant experience- I saved for a year before I bought my first car and within six months was stolen. Toyota Corolla Coupe . Since then I have four Toyotas .camry, Sienna, Matrix and another Camry. Most reliable car and not very expensive to maintain

  5. Andria Payne says

    Yes I was at work, doing in home caregiving for a 95 year of age lady. My car was in her driveway locked and in light from street lamp. I worked 8 p.m to 8 a.m. Silly me heard some voices about 2.a.m. and a vehicle start, I thought it was the neighbors? When I went out to empty garbage approx. 7 a.m. No vehicle?!! I felt stunned, went back in the house, called my Ins. co and the police. I received help and understanding, and was grateful, it was a horrible day, so much stress – I was concerned if I had an address in my vehicle, I donate magazines and may have not removed all the addresses. My garage door opener was in the vehicle, so I went home with trepidation in my mind. Carefully retrieved keys I had hidden outside, very carefully opened the back door, ready to run. I could see into my kitchen, microwave was there, T.V. in living room. I put up ladder in garage and changed the code No.s so no one could use the opener, then tried to buy a replacement. Fed my cats, drove to get opener at 5 p.m. Home made a snack and back to work with a killer headache. What a day – awful. Do not want a repeat. Police found my vehicle a few days later on a back street in run down part of town. I had it towed to a repair shop my mechanic referred me too. I was happy to get her back. Part of the damage was car door lock when they jimmied it, and messed up steering column when hot wiring. Now I am older and do not go out after dark, I keep my car in my garage which I also lock. My Registration I keep in a small folder along with my proof of ins. in my handbag in case I am ever asked for it – that is safer and the police accept that. Thanks for asking. Andria.

  6. George says

    I gave a witness statement to CHP for an accident I was not involved in. I was contacted by lawyers to drive to another county and give a deposition with no compensation for travel and lost wages. I have since just rendered basic help and “Got the heck out of there” before the cops show up!

  7. Gary Slavinsky says

    In 1977, I owned a Chevy van. It was a solid, reliable vehicle with a rebuilt motor. However, it had many small scratches, dents and surface rust spots. I was in a house band, playing bass 6 nights every week. I had been doing so for over a year and so the club regulars were familiar to me. One of these regulars claimed to be a body mechanic and promised to give me the “deal of the century” on body work and a new paint job. Being young and inexperienced, I gave him the keys. He said he would be through in ten days. After 20 days, I had to do detective work to locate my van two counties away. No work had been done, but there were several hundred new miles on the odometer. I was lucky to get it back at all. If he had caused damage with my van, I would have been liable. I learned two things:
    1) Any deal which seems too good to be true probably is.
    2) Never trust anyone who spends most of his or her time in a bar/night club, unless they are employees of the establishment.

  8. Rhodesia says

    In 1984 I had my 1984 Mercury Topaz, which had (9) recalls moved a half a block and into a side street alley way, not for a joy ride , but they did remove my battery and two tires. They definitely didn’t want the car, it was a lemon. I bought two used tires and put car locks on the wheels and replaced the battery, until I finally bought my very first new car a Saturn SL2 after, speaking to a friend who was in law enforcement who worked in crime analysis who gave me a list of the least stolen vehicles and ,I did my home work on safety test. reliability, and it had to look good. Saturn closed down, and I had friends who kept it going almost 20 years.I now have a 2014 Hyundai Elantra, my friend etched every window. You can also get a small sticker put on your windows from the Police Department if you live in New York City, if your car is being driven after midnight,especially if you don’t drive often after midnight, the police can stop you to verify your ownership.Thank God for good friends in,law enforcement , auto repair, and last but not least tow drivers. Amen!

  9. Steven Chambers says

    Thanks for the congested highway safety tips. Also thanks for things to always have for road trips. Which is common sense , but two always replace items used . Happy New Year.

  10. Norman Roberson says

    These little points helps alot, I enjoy reading the comments. No matter how good you are driving, you need a refresher course sometime. I try to be a good driver,I have never been in an accident and I have been driving for over 39 years.

  11. sharon says

    I own a 2005 Nissan Altima, with alarm, always lock the steering, never had a wreck, (God rides with me) never hit a deer but I have come close several time.. I say a prayer before I drive that I will have safe driving and I do not text or talk when I drive. the tips were great and I learned a lot from reading them. everyone should be aware of their surroundings and be careful.