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Report: Hondas most popular with car thieves

Posted August 24, 2009

The National Insurance Crime Bureau’s annual report on stolen vehicles finds that Honda sedans from the mid-1990s are the car most prized by thieves. Two Hondas – the 1996 Accord and 1996 Civic – show up at the top of the list of vehicles most commonly stolen in North Carolina.

The NCIB released the list Monday. It examines theft reports to identify which makes, models and years were stolen most often in 2008.

Top 10 most commonly stolen vehicles in North Carolina for 2008:
1. 1996 Honda Accord
2. 1995 Honda Civic
3. 1997 Ford F150 Series Pickup Truck
4. 1996 Jeep Cherokee/Grand Cherokee
5. 1993 Toyota Camry
6. 2002 Ford Explorer
7. 2001 Ford Taurus
8. 1994 Dodge Caravan
9. 2000 Chevrolet Full Size C/K 1500 Pickup
10. 1996 Ford Ranger

Top 10 most commonly stolen vehicles nationwide in 2008:
1. 1994 Honda Accord
2. 1995 Honda Civic
3. 1989 Toyota Camry
4. 1997 Ford F150 Series
5. 2004 Dodge Ram Pickup
6. 2000 Dodge Caravan
7. 1996 Jeep Cherokee/Grand Cherokee
8. 1994 Acura Integra
9. 1999 Ford Taurus
10. 2002 Ford Explorer


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  • SantaClaus Aug 24, 2009

    Were all these stolen in Durham?

  • thefensk Aug 24, 2009

    I read once that the Hondas top the list because more of their parts are interchangable over model years than just about any other car. Like on the same model, similar parts like body parts will fit multiple years.

  • Big Mike Aug 24, 2009

    Notice that the year of the cars and SUV's stolen are those that did not have the security technology and kill circuits back then. We've come along way against the bad guys......and the VIN numbers are hidden,lazered,and placed in several place that make trying to heist them and selling for parts VERY difficult!

    Lot of old clunkers for them to steal now! ha ha!

  • hdsoftail Aug 24, 2009

    Can't believe anyone would steal a Ford

  • speedy Aug 24, 2009

    Proof positive that crooks aren't the sharpest knives in the drawer.